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University of Minnesota
Minnesota Library Access Center
Operating Principles and Guidelines
April 24, 2002
1. Minnesota Library Access Center
1.1 Introduction –The Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC) is one of the units of the Elmer
L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. In addition to
MLAC, Elmer L. Andersen Library houses eight special collections and archival units of the
University of Minnesota and the central office of the MINITEX Library Information
Network. The Library is designed to address both a campus need and a statewide library
a) It enables the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries to consolidate important
archives and special collection into a designated climate-controlled facility.
b) Through MLAC, it provides high-density storage space for important, but less frequently
used collections owned by the University of Minnesota and other libraries throughout
MLAC provides an ideal climate and environment for print-based media.
Completed in 2000, the Elmer L. Andersen Library was funded through bonds approved by the
Minnesota Legislature in 1996.
1.2 Vision -- As a shared depository for infrequently used library materials of importance to the
people of Minnesota, the Minnesota Library Access Center will provide a climate controlled
environment and make the deposited items accessible for use.
1.3 Description -- Libraries may store important, but less frequently used collections in MLAC
provided the materials:
a) may be borrowed by other libraries for use by their patrons.
b) are not so fragile as to be unsuitable for use.
c) are compatible with high-density storage practices.
d) are print based.
No other restrictions apply, and no fees will be assessed for collection storage by Minnesota
Individual libraries decide which items will be transferred to MLAC using established guidelines
and their own criteria.
As a working guideline to determine overall space allocation, materials of the University of
Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries will occupy approximately 60% of the MLAC facility, and
material from other Minnesota libraries will occupy the remaining 40%. MLAC’s planned
capacity is 1.2 million volumes.