Manchester Central Library

The decision to completely redesign and refurbish Manchester’s historic Central Library created the huge task of packing, moving and storing more than a million books.

Manchester Central Library

The art of sequential storage for retrieval

Everything needed to be packed in sequence, each box and each pallet labelled so that when the refurbishment is complete everything can be relocated to its right place.

Much of the material put into store was electronically barcoded so that individual items could be retrieved from store if requested.

Up to 30 people were working on the move at any one time. Harrow Green moved 84 loads to Deep Store – a load is 12 pallets with 25 boxes per pallet – 113 loads to Maple warehouse and 5,000 linear metres of material into the temporary library and locations at Universal Square and the Central Record Office.

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