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Cambridge University Library Remote Storage Facility (Photos credit: Matthew Power)

Project Brief:


The Library Storage Facility is a major University capital project to provide long term storage for low use printed material acquired by the main University Library, affiliated libraries and other faculty and departmental libraries of the University. As one of the world’s greatest research libraries, the new facility is essential so we can meet our responsibilities as a place of legal deposit, help preserve the scholarly record and enable the most effective use of space across our libraries.

As designed, the Library Storage Facility will provide capacity for 106 kilometres (or 65 miles) of storage space on about 30,000 individual shelves.

The Library Storage Facility will house books and other printed items in a warehouse environment of very narrow aisles between high banks of static racking (shelves). The design builds on best practice at peer institutions like Oxford and Yale.

Site address:   Lancaster Way Business Park, Lancaster Way, Ely CB6 3NW
Size:   5000sqm
Construction Cost:   £ 17M
Project Manager:   Stephen Hallam
Contractor:   RG Carter
Architect:   Saunders Boston
Status:   Work started 22/07/2017
Work completed 13/02/2018
More information:   Project website
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