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The American Library Association (ALA) is often asked for the names, addresses, and phone numbers of companies that assist in the moving and relocation of libraries. The ALA does not endorse products or companies. Neither can the ALA refer anyone to a specific company, as this would necessarily preclude naming other companies whose products are as good (or better) than the one named. Please see Library Moving Companies in the American Libraries Buyers Guide for a list of library movers and moving companies; those companies which regularly exhibit at our conferences are so indicated.
Online Resources about Moving Library Collections
Additional resources can be found by doing a web search using the terms shifting library stacks. This will provide results for both shifting items within a library (moving stacks) and major moves involving relocating building contents.
Moving Libraries and Archives: A Selected Bibliography
A bibliography created in 2005 by the staff of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
British Library Preservation Advisory Centre: Moving Collections
This booklet provides guidance on best practice for moving library and archive collections, but is not intended to address the routine movement of books within a library or archive. A move presents a one-off chance for improving collection care and management, an opportunity to undertake a stock audit, rearrange and upgrade storage, improve housekeeping, and to clean, stabilise and re-house collections.
Designing libraries: Planning a successful library or archive move
Designing Libraries is a freely accessible resource for everyone interested in design and innovation in libraries.
Moving Library Collections: Planning Shifts of Library Collections
Planning a major shift of a library collection is not as complex as it is tedious. Careful measurement and excruciating attention to detail will almost always guarantee success. If your shift is large (lots of books, or lots of moving parts), I recommend that your plans be very thoroughly documented, widely shared, and each step of your plan be followed precisely.
Books and Articles about Library Relocation
Moving Your Library by
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
This title is the complete kit for any librarian facing the daunting prospect of moving a library collection. Everything you need for the move is included.