Even in this age of e-books, video entertainment, and instant access to a virtually unlimited store of online data with the aid of search engines, such as Google, there are still many who prefer to seek their pleasure or information in the pages of a printed book. While many of us may own a few books of our own, many others must still rely on schools, universities, and local municipalities to maintain a wide range of publications on dedicated premises where they may be consulted for reference purposes or loaned for reading at leisure. To ensure easy access to books that are stored in a logical sequence, a library must install systems with purpose-designed shelving.
Typically, these consist of individual bookcases consisting of shelves of varying heights and just under a metre in width. These are often referred to as bays. A bay may be either single-sided or double-sided, and several of them will normally be joined together in order to form a row, which is also described as a “stack” or a “range” in some countries. There is not a fixed number of bays required to form a row, and so, this can be adjusted to suit the shape and size of the floor space that is to be allocated for housing the stock. In addition to books of various sizes, magazines and periodicals are often available at a library, and so, their systems accommodate these with shelving that has an angled backboard and a retaining ledge, so as to display them side-by-side with their covers clearly visible.
While timber shelves are still used, metal products offer a number of advantages. They are significantly cheaper, easy to assemble and dismantle, and have been designed to use a range of interchangeable parts, so that it is a simple matter to create the particular configuration that will best suit a specific need.
Krost is an established South African leader in the manufacture and supply of storage and display equipment. In addition to other products, such as warehouse racking, mezzanine floors, and storage lockers, the company also offers library systems with a variety of shelving options for use by educational establishments, offices, bookshops, and municipalities. Of innovative design, these units are robust, yet still relatively light in weight, and include features, such as adjustable wire book stops fitted to each shelf to ensure that books cannot fall over, whilst the top shelves can be fitted with L-shaped book supports.
All of the metal shelving and accessories used in the manufacture of its library systems have undergone a five-stage cleaning process and given a baked epoxy powder-coated finish to ensure they conform with SABS anti-corrosion standards.