Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

November 7, 2002


Library of Congress Opens High Density Storage Facility at Ft. Meade, MD

Library's first high density book storage will house nearly 1.5 million items

WHAT: Dedication ceremony for the opening of the first module of the Library's high density storage facility on a 100-acre site at Ft. George G. Meade, built for the Library under the supervision of the Architect of the Capitol.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18

WHERE: 100 Meigs Road, Ft. Meade, Md.

WHO: James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress; Alan Hantman, Architect of the Capitol; invited guests, including members of Congress, congressional staff, Library of Congress and Architect of the Capitol staff

NOTE: Ft. Meade is a restricted military facility. Members of the press who plan to attend the ceremony should call the Library's Public Affairs Office (707-1940) ahead of time so that entry to the installation can be arranged.

The first major new building constructed for the Library of Congress in more than two decades, the high density storage facility will go a long way toward meeting the future storage needs of the Library's ever-growing collections. The move of less-frequently used items to Ft. Meade will permit the reconfiguration of collections that remain on Capitol Hill so that they can be housed in closer proximity to the reading rooms where they are used. It will also allow the Library to consolidate its operations and release rental space that it now occupies in other locations. Materials stored at Ft. Meade will continue to be accessible to readers, because there will be twice-daily deliveries from the off-site storage facility to the Library's campus on Capitol Hill. The storage facility has been designed to maximize the available storage capacity; items will be shelved by size in boxes developed to accommodate that specific size item. Individual items and storage boxes will carry discreet barcodes and will be retrieved via the Library's computerized Integrated Library System (ILS) and special warehouse tracking software. A Fact Sheet about the Ft. Meade storage facility is attached.

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PR 02-164
ISSN 0731-3527

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