Bruynzeel supplied Compactus electronic mobile shelving, which is situated in the public areas and can be operated by students and staff. The mobile shelving stores 100 per cent more stock than the equivalent static shelving in the same footprint.
“As soon as we added in mobile shelving to help zone the spaces and increase room for study desk provision, we knew we would need to get a trusted academic library supplier of static and mobile shelving on board,” said Wales. In total, Bruynzeel supplied over 2km of shelving: 680m of mobile shelving and 1,990m of static shelving, all featuring bespoke graphic end panels created by Nomad.
The storage systems have helped the University of West London achieve its ambition to create a modern library that meets the needs of today’s students. With the addition of high density storage, the library now has room for 780 study spaces, three PC training labs and 155 fixed PCs. “What I really like is the sense that the library is not restricted by its walls,” said Roland. “It’s the feeling that the students can move around freely and there aren’t barriers in their way – extending the study environment into other areas.” With plans to create a formal Archives Service within the University’s existing Library Services, and with 24-hour opening already in place, the future for the Paul Hamlyn Library looks assured.