How collaborative collection management can help optimize library space

Topics: Library, Administration and Finance, Facilities and Operations, Space Utilization, Capital Planning, Budgeting

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Ann Forman, Consultant

Despite their low utilization, most academic libraries still devote the vast majority of their space to print collection.

Space allocation data from a midsize public university illustrates a typical distribution in which print collections dwarf all other uses of space combined.



Students, faculty, administrators, and even librarians themselves are beginning to reexamine the fundamental purpose of library space and question the extent to which the warehousing of books is the best use of valuable real estate.