Washington University Libraries Launch Collection Space Project

The Washington University Libraries are launching a new collection space project in the stacks of John M. Olin Library. The project is designed to alleviate overcrowding on the shelves. The initiative is called “The Great Olin Shift.”

As the project gets underway, some collections will be relocated:

  • History materials classed in C will move from Level 3 to Level B.
  • The Mike Lützeler Contemporary German Literature Collection and the Children’s Literature Collection (classed PT-PZ) will move from Level B to Level A.
  • Select Bibliography and Library Science materials (classed A and Z), as well as select oversize materials, will be transferred from West Campus to Level B.
  • Finally, collections will be shifted so that they are evenly distributed on each level.

The project will improve access to the University Libraries’ collections, help preserve materials, and allocate space for future collection growth. Storage space freed up at West Campus will be prioritized for transfers from other libraries on the Danforth Campus, easing collection space concerns at those locations. This work dovetails with strategic planning for long-term collection space management.

The Great Olin Shift is expected to extend into the summer months. It will be broken into several stages and involve many moving parts. It will also generate occasional noise and disruption as movers shift materials.

The University Libraries will post regular updates as the project progresses. If you have questions, please contact Kate Sathi, head of Collections Services, at ksathi@wustl.edu or 314-935-3363.



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