More Thoughts on Shelf Space

Yesterday’s post about freeing up shelf space by donating books got me thinking about a newsgroup post I read some time back.

The newsgroup post was from a Logos user who wanted to calculate the number of linear feet that his electronic library would consume if it were a print library instead. The number he came up with was 220.5 linear feet to shelve the 1,544 volumes in his Libronix Digital Library System.

How did he come up with this number?

A standard calculation for building a library estimates 8 volumes per foot of shelf space. Reference books tend to be larger, so they are calculated at 5-7 volumes per foot. Since Logos Bible Software collections are a mix of reference and non-reference, this user chose a conservative 7 volumes per foot. 1,544 / 7 = 220.57

Just for fun, how many shelf feet of books are in a couple of our top-end collections?

Another way to think about the numbers: Scholar’s Library: Gold would fill the better part of six 3-foot wide shelving units with 5 shelves per unit. Placed along a wall end-to-end, those shelving units would take up more than 18 feet of wall space!

Any way you look at it, that’s a lot of books! Something for which to be grateful next time you put them all in your laptop bag to hop a plane or when you pack up to move…

And for something less frivolous, check out http://www.lovepackages.org, a non-profit organization that sends Christian books and other printed materials to countries like India and Nigeria where a significant percentage of the population reads English. Thanks to blog reader and Logos user Thomas Black for the tip!

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One Response to “More Thoughts on Shelf Space”

  1. Nathan Parker September 9, 2006 at 3:23 pm #

    Whew! A lot of shelf space! I’d have to build on to house Gold if I had it in print.