NS university libraries devise plan to offload books

October 28, 2013

A consortium of Nova Scotia university libraries are proposing to create a central repository that would house roughly one-fifth of their collections, freeing up needed space. The majority of about 2 million off-loaded books, journals and other materials would remain accessible through the central library, but the duplicates would be discarded. The freed space would not in every case be used for books; as library collections are increasingly being digitized, universities also want to use the space for collaborative learning and study space. The proposed repository would occupy up to 22,500 square feet in a former government archival building in Halifax’s Woodside Industrial Park, and cost up to $300,000 a year to operate, plus leasing costs. However, it would free up 57,000 square feet of combined space across university libraries. The group’s next step is to ask the government for a funding with which to move forward with the plan. Globe and Mail