Through Renovation and Expansion, Hale Library Retains Beauty
Kansas State University (KSU), located in Manhattan, Kansas, west of Topeka, extensively renovated its University Library, Hale Library. The library was originally built in 1927 and the goal of the renovation was to maintain the historic beauty of the library. An additional 400,000 square feet was added with great attention focused on restoring the Romanesque style. For shelving, KSU chose Spacesaver cantilever shelving to give the classical look a modern feel. Custom wood raised end panels were carefully chosen to match the original period.
Soon after the major renovation was completed, the library staff realized that they had a storage crisis. With increased funding, their collection was growing faster than they could keep up with. To solve the problem, the library staff turned to mobile high-density shelving to consolidate their collection into their existing space.
The library has incrementally implemented the mobile systems to expand at a manageable rate without disrupting patrons. Each compact library shelving system they add brings custom Spacesaver shelving to fit their exact needs. The library estimates that their available space doubles with each system in place and plan to have mobile systems on four out of the five floors. Compact mobile shelving was the perfect option to combine historic beauty and modern functionality.