Trends in Modern Library Furniture Material

Posted by Lou Smalls in News

Library furniture has evolved in the last couple of decades. Libraries no longer have the sole need of storing large collections of books in rows upon rows of shelving. Modern libraries are currently transforming into collaborative areas where you do not necessarily have to check out a book. With this change, comes the evolution of how modern library furniture is manufactured today. BCI features a variety of different materials that are used in the manufacturing of our modern library furniture product line. Below are the various advantages for each material.
Advantages of Steel:
– Durability
– Stability
-Harder to break, but also flexible enough to rearrange when necessary
Uses: Steel is featured as the framework in many of our products, such as in our various shelving and counter systems.
A good example of one of our products that contains a steel framework, while featuring steel shelving and steel end panels, is the Uniflex Shelving System.

Advantages of Plastic Laminate:
– No risk of generating rust
-No risk of staining/easy to clean
-More color options
Uses: Plastic Laminate is commonly featured on shelving and table systems in modern libraries because it is easy to customize and curve during production.
A good example of one of our products that features plastic laminate is the Inform Curve Shelving System.

Advantages of Wood:
-Help to increase a building’s energy efficiency
-Has a small carbon footprint
-Sturdy in appearance
-Customizable with horizontal and vertical grain along with different stains
Uses: Wood is a great choice when your modern library is looking for a warmer aesthetic, but can also be used in a more contemporary atmosphere.
A good example of one of your products that would be perfect for a modern library, but still wanting an inviting warm aesthetic is the Cocoon Series.

Below are photos of the products discussed above:

Steel Shelving System

Uniflex Steel Shelving System with Steel Powder Coated End Panels and LED Lighting



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28 Nov 2018 no comments / READ MORE

Hastings Public Library – Completed Renovation

Posted by Anthony Stellatos in News, Projects

Update: The Renovation of the Hastings Public Library has been Recently Completed

BCI has just finished working with architect firm, The Clark Enersen Partners, on a massive renovation to the Hastings Public Library in Hastings, Nebraska. This project took over a year to complete because of the scope. Before the renovation, the library had not been touched since the 1960s. The building was outdated in its accessibility, energy efficiency, technology and safety. All are now updated to give the library a contemporary feel. There is now an entire floor dedicated to children with kid friendly furniture that you can find in the Products section of our site. The entire library went from having an old, dusty atmosphere, to a vibrant, friendly one.

Below are photos of the finished renovation:

If you’d like to know more information on what projects we are currently working on, products we have, services we complete, or any general information, please head to our contact page now!

04 Sep 2018 no comments / READ MORE

The Final Product: New Jersey Installation Featuring BCI Curved Shelving

Posted by Colleen Egan in News

Below are final installation images from the  Woodside Elementary School library renovation project located in River Vale, NJ:

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The school district utilized the Educational Services Commission of NJ (ESCNJ) to secure the furnishings, saving time and money in the process. Vendors and their products are pre-screened for quality and competitive pricing through this cooperative.

The following products were used in this installation:

Ratio INFORM Radius Mobile ShelvingRatio Laminate Shelving System with Laminate ShelvesRatio System Wall ShelvingCocoon SystemHugo ChairDrum PoufPause PoufOpera Seating

For more information on BCI Modern Library Furniture products, click here to contact us today!

11 Apr 2018 no comments / READ MORE

Stay Ahead of the Curve with BCI INFORM and Slimline Curved Shelving

Posted by Colleen Egan in News

Stay ahead of the curve with some of BCI‘s most popular products: INFORM Curved Shelving and Slimline Curved Shelving.

Use these shelving systems as complete round shelving or use a number of bays for a curved expression. With our curved shelving systems, you can create private spaces for children, or quiet reading areas. You can even enhance specific topics or simply add the round shelving to diversify a simple, straight interior design.

INFORM Curved Shelving systems combine beautiful lines, crisp finishes, adaptability and value in a striking package with abundant options. Below are BCI installation images featuring INFORM Curved Shelving:

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Slimline Curved shelving offers possibilities for creating various environmental spaces. The corner shelves in combination with curved top and bottom shelves gives the shelving the impression of being round. The corner shelves also offer excellent opportunities for display. Below are BCI installation images featuring Slimline Curved Shelving:

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Have questions? We have answers! Contact a BCI representative to learn more about BCI’s products, library planning and design, and more!


28 Mar 2018 no comments / READ MORE

BCI Makes It Easy: Save Money and Time by Purchasing Library Furniture on Contract!

Posted by Colleen Egan in News

Saving is simple with us! Enjoy all the purchasing benefits of buying on contract with BCI.

Today, purchasing is an essential activity for nearly every institution. When purchasing, most organizations and institutions are bound by a budget that can be difficult to stick to. This can cause renovations and new construction projects to be held up, which ultimately results in overspending.

Purchasing contracts are set up with the capability of saving time and money. The contracts have been established with qualified vendors at competitive prices. Smaller entities have just as much purchasing power as larger ones. Both the vendor and the buyer benefit from these contracts, as the delivery of goods and services is quick and efficient.

When you purchase with BCI on contract, it’s one-stop-library-shopping! From preliminary design & revit files to on-time delivery and installation, we’ll handle it all.

All of the library furniture and at BCI, such as Shelving Systems, Tables and Chairs, Inform Countersand more can be acquired through purchasing contracts. We participate in the purchasing contracts listed below. Click on the icons to learn more about each purchasing contract!



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Renovating your library? Contact us today to learn more about ways to save with BCI.

28 Feb 2018 no comments / READ MORE

North Hunterdon Modern Library Installation: Complete ✔️

Posted by Colleen Egan in News

Fresh off the job! BCI, in conjunction with Longo Associates and DMR architects, finished installations at North Hunterdon High School this week. This project is one of two library renovations for the North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District.

The products used in this project include Uniflex Shelving System, Ratio Shelving System, Simply Universal Table System, INFORM Counter System, Labyrinth Book Towers, and Crossrunner Book Trolleys, among others. These products were purchased through the ESCNJ Purchasing Contract, which allows purchasing to be a simple, money-saving process for all parties involved.

Below are actual installation photos from the project. A job well done to all involved!



26 Feb 2018 no comments / READ MORE

Modern Library Furniture Being Installed at Voorhees High School

Posted by Colleen Egan in News

North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School, located in Annandale, NJ, is currently undergoing renovations to both of their libraries. BCI is working with dealer Longo Associates and architectural firm DMR Architects to get the job done.

Products being featured for this project include Uniflex Shelving System with Wood Canopy Top & Acrylic End Panels, as well as Simply Universal Tables.

The school district utilized the Educational Services Commission of NJ (ESCNJ) to secure the furnishings, saving time and money in the process.

Below are installation photos of the project thus far:

Uniflex Shelving System with Wood Canopy Top & Acrylic End Panels

Uniflex Shelving System with Wood Canopy Top & Acrylic End Panels

Simply Universal Library Table

Simply Universal Study Table

Below are links to our downloaded product brochures for the above products:

Simply Universal Tables


Uniflex Curved Shelving System


Contact us today and learn how you can make stunning transformations to your library using BCI Modern Library Furniture.

22 Feb 2018 no comments / READ MORE

BCI Provides Modern Library Shelving for Palisades Neighborhood Public Library Renovation

Posted by Colleen Egan in News

The Palisades Neighborhood Library, located in Washington DC, has recently re-opened its doors after undergoing major interior renovations.

BCI worked with renowned dealer Spacesaver, and provided the very popular ratio radius shelving for the project.

Below are installation photos of BCI’s ratio radius shelving from the project:



According to Palisades Library, the new library has several new features, including an improved layout with more space for customers, a dividable meeting room for 100 people, and new, modern library furniture.

To learn more about BCI’s Modern Library Products, contact us today!

07 Feb 2018 no comments / READ MORE

Bluebonnet Library Completes Second Phase of Renovations

Posted by Colleen Egan in News

BCI was once again on the scene at The East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL). This time, BCI worked with Modern Library Furniture dealer, Arnold & Associates Interiors Inc., to renovate Bluebonnet Library, which is one of thirteen library branches in the EBRPL. The concept was to inspire teens through interactive furniture items and bright colors throughout the space.

BCI provided INFORM shelving for the project. Below are a few product images of the shelving used in the renovation:

In a previous renovation at Bluebonnet Library, BCI provided INFORM Desk Systems for the Adult Section, and INFORM Desk Systems for Children’s Area.

Renovations to the Bluebonnet library started in 2015, but thanks to an 11.1-mill property tax dedicated to the library, there are more renovations to come for the EBRPL. Several libraries in the system are slated for upgrades over the next several years. Teen rooms and meeting spaces are the main concentrations for such renovations.

30 Jan 2018 no comments / READ MORE

Calgary Public Library among most Anticipated Buildings of 2018

Posted by Colleen Egan in News

The Calgary Public Library System uses BCI Modern Library Furniture in their latest project, which is among the most anticipated buildings in 2018.

Just last week Architectural Digest featured Calgary Public Library as one of the 12 most anticipated buildings to be completed in 2018.  Snøhetta Architects has featured BCI’s signature Labyrinth Display Furniture along with our Slimline and Slimline Radius Shelving Systems on this remarkable project.

The 240,000ft2  building is a technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration. It will offer 30 free meeting rooms, a 350-seat performance hall, an Early Learning Centre for children and a space just for teens with video, music and gaming stations. The building also hovers over the existing Light Rail Transit Line, which cuts through the heart of the city.

Click here to see what other projects made the list.

11 Jan 2018 no comments / READ MORE

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