May 21, 2022

New Research Article: “Off-Site Storage and Special Collections: A Study in Use and Impact in ARL Libraries in the United States”

The following article (PREPRINT) was accepted for publication in College & Research Libraries on August 15, 2014. The final version is scheduled for publication in the July 2015 issue of the journal


Off-Site Storage and Special Collections: A Study in Use and Impact in ARL Libraries in the United States


Charlotte Priddle
New York University Libraries

Laura McCann
New York University Libraries


College and Research Libraries Web Site


Special collections libraries collect and preserve materials of intellectual and cultural heritage, providing access to unique research resources. As their holdings continue to expand, special collections in research libraries confront increased space pressures. Off-site storage facilities, used frequently by research libraries for general circulating collections, offer a solution to these pressures. Using data from a survey of special collections directors from ARL member libraries, this article examines both the current use of off-site storage facilities and its impact on core special collections activities. This study provides a foundation for what has been an underexplored area, and identifies areas for further research.

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