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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Libraries Annex?
Where is the Libraries Annex located?
Why does UB need the Libraries Annex?
Are off-site library annexes cost effective?
What is the timetable for the Libraries Annex?
What materials are moved to the Annex, and how are they selected?
How are materials in the Libraries Annex requested and delivered?
Is there on-site access for researchers?
Are there examples of successful library off-site facilities?
Q. What is the Libraries Annex?
The Libraries Annex, approximately 16,000 square feet in size, is specially constructed to house up to 1.5 million
volumes of low-use materials.
Q. Where is the Libraries Annex located?
The Annex is located close to both UB campuses, on Rensch Road across Sweet Home Road from UB's North
Campus. Savarino Construction Service oversaw the construction.
Q. Why does UB need the Libraries Annex?
The UB Libraries have exceeded shelving and space capacity on the academic spine. Our on-campus Libraries
have room for 72 miles of shelving, but we own 75 miles of materials, over 3.5 million volumes.
Our ongoing book and journal purchases require an additional 1.5-2.0 miles of new shelving each year.
Print materials must continue to be preserved since experts estimate that only 1% of presently published materials
will ever be converted to digital format.
Q. Are off-site library annexes cost effective?
Yale University calculates off-site storage costs as less than 10% of the expense of traditional, on-campus library
Traditional library shelving has a capacity of 75,000 volumes in 10,000 square feet of space. Up to 1.5 million
volumes can be placed in the same space using high-density storage methods.
Q. What is the timetable for the Libraries Annex?
Construction was completed in late Spring 2006. Materials began to be transferred in early summer 2006. A grand
opening will be held in November 2006.
Q. What materials will be moved to the Annex, and how are they selected?
Older books and journals that are used infrequently are under consideration for transfer.
The selection criteria used in deciding which materials to move out of the campus libraries varies depending upon
the needs of the academic disciplines.
Decisions to transfer materials include consultation with faculty. The Libraries Annex is considered a dynamic
collection, which means that volumes may be returned to campus libraries if increased use is evident.
Q . How are materials in the Libraries Annex requested and delivered?