Location: Mt. Vernon, VA
Near the end of George Washington’s life, he wrote that he had achieved nearly all of his goals regarding his estate — except for building a library to store his papers. More than 200 years later, his vision was finally realized: the Fred W. Smith National Library opened, housing thousands of books, journals, analog AV materials and electronic resources, including rare books and over 6,000 historical manuscripts. To this day, the library continues to collect rare and important artifacts related to Washington’s life and legacy.
The library’s main level features meeting areas, a space for rare book collections and open stacks, while the library’s lower level is home to an extensive archival collection. Wanting to consolidate their records and maintain them in a proper preservation environment, we worked alongside site staff to configure the archival collections onto Spacesver® mobile shelving. The finished library can now store up to 40-45,000 volumes!