Resources to help libraries to physically relocate their collections.
Planning is an essential element to moving a library collection - and the earlier the planning process begins, the better. This resource guide provides general information and guidance on moving your library collection.
Additional resources can be found by doing a web search using the terms shiftinglibrary stacks. This will provide results for both shifting items within a library (moving stacks) and major moves involving relocating building contents.
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.
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.