Using a Third-Party Vendor for Off-Site Storage of Library Materials: A Case Study of the Byrne Memorial Library, Saint Xavier University

Mark A. Vargas


The Byrne Memorial Library at Saint Xavier University in Chicago had long exceeded its functional space for book storage and staff.1 The current facility, built in the early 1950s, was designed to hold 100,000 volumes, but by 2002, more than 171,000 volumes jammed the stacks. Books were piled on top of each other, held at the circulation desk waiting for room, and stored on windowsills and in stairwells.

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