Library space is now at a premium – so let us help you find more of it.

Use our calculator below to estimate how much space you could save.

ProQuest has helped thousands of libraries reclaim valuable space and save money. Our experts can help you assess how much space and cost you can save by replacing hard copies of books, historical periodicals, archival materials, newspapers, music scores, government documents and DVDs.

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Below is a calculator which can give you some indicative space and cost savings for books, historical periodicals and newspapers.


Step 1 — Select your unit of measurement

Your selection will auto-populate throughout the calculator

Units of Measure

Thickness of publication
Use
Shelf Reclamation Opportunity Space
Use

Step 2 — Which items are taking up too much space at your library?

Fill in the details for all applicable items

Books

Number of books held in print
Books
Average book thickness (assume 1" / 2.54 cm average)
Inches

Historical Periodicals

Number of historical periodical titles
Titles
Average number of years per title
Years
Publications
Publications
Average periodical thickness (assume 0.13" / 0.32 cm average)
Inches

Historical Newspapers

Number of historical newspaper titles
Titles
Average number of years per title
Years
Average newspaper thickness (assume 0.13" / 0.32 cm average)
Inches

Step 3 — Review your results!

Here’s an estimate of how much space you can save.

Total Shelf Reclamation Opportunity
Feet
Total Shelves Able to be Cleared
Shelves
Estimated Cost of Item on Open Stacks
VALUE OF RECLAIMED SPACE
USD

Step 4 — Get in touch so we can help you save space and gain value.

Contact us to discuss the above calculations or for details on other formats like government documents, archival materials, music scores and streaming video.