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Moving Libraries

ALA Library Fact Sheet Number 14

This fact sheet uses sources found on the ALA Library Fact Sheet 9: Library Products, Services and Consultants.

The American Library Association (ALA) is often asked for the names, addresses, and phone numbers of companies that assist in the moving and relocation of libraries. The ALA does not endorse products or companies. Neither can the ALA refer anyone to a specific company, as this would necessarily preclude naming other companies whose products are as good (or better) than the one named. The resources listed below will direct you to companies best suited to your needs and geographic limitations.

The following companies have exhibited at the ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting:

American Interfile & Library Relocations
55 Sweenydale Avenue
Bayshore, NY 11706
Toll-Free: (800) 426-9901
Phone: (631) 231-3309
Fax: (631) 952-7521
Web Site:

Hallett & Sons Expert Movers, Inc.
7535 West 59th Street
Summit, IL 60501
Toll-Free: (800) 645-6683
Phone: (708) 458-8600
Fax: (708) 458-7116
Web Site:

Library Design Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box
Houston, TX 77249
Toll-free: (877) 234-1657
Phone: (713) 869-4075
Fax: (713) 869-4168
Web Site:
See Contact Page to send e-mail message.

McMurray Stern, Inc.
The Storage Solution Group
15511 Carmenita Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (562) 623-3000
Web Site:

National Library Relocations Inc.
70 Bridge Rd.
Central Islip, NY 11749
Toll-Free: (800) 486-6837
Phone: (631) 232-2233
Fax: (631) 232-2236
Web Site:

Office Movers, Inc.
Library Services Division
6500 Kane Wy
Elkridge, MD 21075
Toll-Free: (800) 331-4025
Phone: (410) 799-3200
Fax: (410) 799-3208
Web Site:
See Contact Page to send e-mail message.

StarNet Commercial Flooring Coop
44 East Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Toll-Free: (800) 787-6381
Fax: (203) 431-6610
Web Site: - StarNet® Liftman™ Services

Universal Air Lift, Inc. 
28010 N.W. 142nd Avenue 
High Springs, Florida 32643
Toll-Free: (866) 526-3688
Phone: (386) 454-8790
Fax: (386) 454-7857
Web Site: - Moving Libraries

William B. Meyer Inc.
255 Long Beach Boulevard
Stratford, CT 06615
Toll-Free: (800) USE-MEYER (800-873-6393)
Phone: (203) 383-6229
Fax: (203) 377-3838
Web Site: - Library Relocation and Moving
See Contact Us Page to send e-mail message.

From Canada:

Campbell Bros. Movers Ltd.
55 Midpark Cresent
London, ON NGN 1A9
Toll-free: 800-265-6015
Phone: (519) 681-5710 ext.257
Fax: (519) 681-7931
Web Site:

Also see the listings of library moving companies in the following online directories:

2006 Library Journal Buyer's Guide and Web Site Directory
Moving Services and Moving Supplies

The Librarian's Yellow Pages
Movers & Moving Services 


More detailed information about how to move libraries can be found in the following sources - also see the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Moving Libraries and Archives: A Selected Bibliography, an Adobe Reader PDF document adapted from this page:


Habich, Elizabeth Chamberlain. Moving Library Collections: A Management Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Newman, John and Walter Jones. Moving Archives: The Experiences of Eleven Archivists. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002.

Tucker, Dennis C. Library Relocations and Collection Shifts. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.1999.

Wells, Marianna S. and Rosemary Young. Moving and Reorganizing A Library. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 1997.



Bagley, Elizabeth L. "Re-Building a Learning Community...or What to Do When You Face a Library Move." Georgia Library Quarterly 40, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 4-10.

Baumann, Kari. "Using a Transition Team to Facilitate Library Building Moves." Colorado Libraries 32, no. 1 (Winter 2006): 13-17.

Bruns, Adam. "Moving Day: An Exercise in Mind and Matter." American Libraries 30, no. 4 (April 1999): 48-52.

Bryant, Darcel A. "The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library: The Howard University Move Experience." Journal of the Medical Library Association 92, no. 2 (Apr. 2004): 251-6. 

Burkhardt, Joanna M. "Do's and Don’ts for Moving a Small Academic Library: Fourteen Helpful Tips." College and Research Libraries News 59, no. 7 (July/August, 1998): 499-503.

Cappell, Shirien. "Moving Library Collections: Planning Shifts of Library Collections."  <>.

Cash, Derek. "Moving a Library Collection." Public Library Quarterly 20, no. 4 (2001): 17-29.

Dimenstein, Catherine. "Executing A Library Move: A Planned Approach to Moving Your Library." Information Outlook 8, no. 1 (January 2004): 37-38, 41-42. Also available online at <>.

Johnson, Donna, Caitlin Kennedy and Usha Gupta. "A Do-It-Yourself Model: Relocation of a 36,000 Volume Chemistry Library In Three Months." Arkansas Libraries 61, no. 3 (Fall 2004): 16-18.

Murray, Jennifer S. "How to Survive a Library Move: Control the Move Instead of It Controlling You." AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Spectrum 10, no. 1 (September/October 2005): 18-19. Also available online at <>.

Pikul, Diane M. "Moving Libraries and Shifting Collections." Catholic Library World 76, no. 3 (March 2006): 212-215.

Schwartz, Joanne. "'Pack Up All Your Cares...'" School Librarian's Workshop 24, no. 10 (June 2004): 4-5.

Smallwood, Carol. "A Moving Checklist for Do-It-Yourselfers." The Book Report 16, no. 4 (January/February, 1998): 12-13.

Snow, Richard. "How Not to Move a Library: Misadventures in Moving." Collection Management 29, no. 2 (2004) p. 53-67.

Tunstall, Patricia. "Let's Move: How To Move Your Collections Without Hiring Movers (And Without Spending A Fortune!). The Unabashed Librarian No. 120 (2001): 8-13.

July 2006

For more information on this or other fact sheets, contact the ALA Library Reference Desk by telephone: 800-545-2433, extension 2153; fax: 312-280-3255; e-mail:; or regular mail: ALA Library, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.