Lost is found: The impact of a high-density shelving facility in a library's collection

Stephanie S. Atkins, Cherié L. Weible

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A study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC) Library examines data from unfilled ILL requests to determine the status of materials housed in the Main Bookstacks of the library's collection. This study follows the research that was started in the original study conducted in 2002, "Needles in a Haystack: Using Interlibrary Loan Data to Identify Materials Missing from a Library's Collection." The results of the second study indicate that the use of a high-density storage facility had a positive impact on the retrieval rate of ILL materials from the Main Bookstacks. It also indicated that fill rates increased when over 770,000 items were removed from the Main Bookstacks resulting in improved shelving conditions for the library's collection. doi:10.1300/J105v31n03_03

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-32
Number of pages18
JournalCollection Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 19 2007


  • Collection inventory
  • Collection maintenance
  • High-density shelving
  • ILL requests
  • ILL statistics
  • OPAC accuracy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences


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