FKI chosen by British Library
The British Library has chosen Kettering-based FKI Logistex Europe to solve its storage and retrieval issues through provision of an advanced automated material handling system.The British Library has chosen Kettering-based FKI Logistex Europe to solve its storage and retrieval issues through provision of an advanced automated material handling system.
The new facility will house and safeguard a substantial part of the UK’s national collection of books and journals, currently requiring an additional 7.7 miles of shelving space per year.
It will have to meet The British Library’s rigorous requirements, incorporating 163 miles of high-density, fully automated storage in a low-oxygen environment.
FKI Logistex is working closely with the Library and its architects to supply and integrate an extensive range of customised, high-density storage-and-retrieval systems into the new-build facility, located on the Library’s existing northern site at Boston Spa, West Yorkshire.
The new unit meets the environmental and handling standards needed to preserve the collections that the library has committed to keep in perpetuity.
FKI believes that with its innovative interweaving of technologies, the new facility material handling system will generate interest from national libraries around the world.