Library PARC

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Even in a digital age, UBC Library’s print collections continue to grow and require a long-term strategy for storage, access and preservation.  Increasingly, North American research libraries are using high-density storage facilities to address these needs, and UBC Library has expanded its on-campus storage capacity with the Library PARC project.

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PARC staff member, Erin Chiu, moves items into the records management section of Library PARC.

Library Preservation and Archives, aka Library PARC, is a new modular storage facility built to accommodate the future growth of collections at UBC Library. Located at UBC Vancouver’s South Campus (in the Research Precinct), PARC provides 2,280 square metres of high-density collection storage and can house about 1.6 million volumes. The facility also houses a campus-wide records management service, a small digitization area, a staff work area and a publicly accessible reading room.

Low-circulation items from the Library’s collections will be relocated to Library PARC, freeing up physical space at branches for other uses – including student and research services, study spaces and informal learning areas, multimedia labs, scholarly exchanges and more. 

Curious about PARC? Visit our FAQs page for more!

 

Library PARC is:

  • Accessible
    A wide range of materials will be efficiently housed and easily accessible for students and researchers on-site at Library PARC. Collections will also be deliverable to users via electronic scanning and physical delivery to branches as needed.
  • Sustainable
    Library PARC, which will be Gold Level LEED compliant, supports sustainability by using local delivery systems to reduce carbon emissions. Its on-campus location creates less travel distance for deliveries and eliminates warehouse rental costs for storage needs. Another important benefit is preservation: Library PARC’s carefully controlled environment will extend the life of collections up to seven times longer, ensuring their availability to future generations of students and scholars.
  • Collaborative
    As part of the planning process, UBC Library is consulting widely with faculties and departments across campus to help us select materials for storage and develop effective policies. Library PARC will have the capacity to collect and disseminate research material digitally to serve a wider community, including other post-secondary institutions.

 


For more information on Library PARC, please contact Adolfo Tarango, Head of Technical Services, at adolfo.tarango@ubc.ca.