Superficial improvements that seem to work … shelving panel ends for bays

7 Jun

Ok these cost a little money, but do give a quick lift to an old space.

Available in a wide range of materials and colours from companies like Raeco, these have really dressed up some of our older libraries.

Picture 1 below is our research collection (low use and in a basement)

Row of shelves without bay ends
Row of shelves with wooden bay ends added

Picture 2 shows shelves in the same collection that have had the window dressing added, as they now have a large glass wall between them and the 24/7 student computer lab.

Maybe others might want to do a more professional signage system to complement them 🙂

Those of you who know my love of colour and movement, won’t be surprised that I want to explore the idea of some more exciting displays as part of the end panels – some sort of LED flashing messages; tv screen for images; scratch and sniff Dewey guide; disco ball?


4 Responses to “Superficial improvements that seem to work … shelving panel ends for bays”

  1. Tony June 7, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    They look so much better don’t they? We have been looking into ways to help users who are confused by call numbers and the way the numbering flows on the shelves. These nice end bays would be a good spot for posters (or something more high tech!)

  2. Ruth Baxter June 7, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Hi Tony,
    We got just the plain version. There are a whole range with proper sign holders on the end, that look really good, but still allow you to make easy local changes as collections move. Also you can get your own designs or lettering printed on them.
    Surprised me just how much better they look. Hoping to get different coloured end panels for my next library refurbishment, where we have about 10 different location codes. That way can direct users to the “blue bays”, “green bays” etc instead of textbooks, general monographs, children’s fiction etc Coloured end panels could match nicely to colours on floor plans or maps too.
    Cheers, Ruth

  3. Em June 8, 2010 at 1:18 am #

    1,000 votes for the scratch-n-sniff Dewey guide 😀 😀

    • Ruth Baxter June 8, 2010 at 1:26 am #

      Perhaps I should patent this before someone else snaffles it!

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