uCalgary set to open High Density Library

July 30, 2010

This month, the University of Calgary will open its High Density Library (HDL), which has been modeled on Harvard University's book depository. Shelving at the HDL is 30 feet high and books are arranged according to their size instead of call number, allowing 6 times as many books to be held in the building compared to a traditional library. Special climate conditions in the new library means that printed materials will be cared for in the best possible manner. While the HDL will contain older, less-used materials, the newest material -- over a half a million books and journals -- will be available at the Taylor Family Digital Library. UToday