In my continuing series of posts about where librarians and library staff work, today’s post is about Duke University Library’s offsite material storage site, the Library Service Center. This facility, which has been open since 2001, has a capacity for 15 million volumes! Since it’s temperature-controlled (cooler than normal), it’s ideal for some of the rare library materials stored there. The books and other materials in the Library Service Center collection aren’t searchable on-site, but are discoverable in the online catalog, and most are retrievable. Other materials are available for handling on-site in the LSC Reading Room.
A few years ago, I took advantage of a new library employees’ tour of the Library Service Center (I’d been working for the library for a while, but had never seen the LSC), and was really impressed by the facility and staff. I’ve requested several volumes from the LSC for work and for pleasure reading, and have always gotten materials promptly. Hats off to Duke’s Library Service Center! Check out this YouTube video about the LSC!