Library Shelving

Opening the Book has two fantastic shelving systems, Performance for public and high school libraries and BookSpace for children and elementary schools. These unique library shelving systems can be used separately or together to create imaginative, exciting and stimulating libraries.

Performance Shelving

Performance is a flexible, modular system which uses curved top caps to create flowing arcs and attractive propeller shapes. The open organic layouts of Performance design inspire more interest than traditional straight rows. You can plan dynamic, colorful spaces and offer a new alternative in library interior planning for both school and public libraries.

Performance shelving is available through Brodart’s network of award-winning dealers. Brodart dealers have access to the Opening the Book designers who created this popular library shelving system. Opening the Book can support your dealer by designing a shelving layout unique to your library space. Contact your local dealer or call us directly to find out where to go in your locality.

Performance wall shelving

Performance comes in three heights 48”, 60” and 72”. Performance shelving can be used to create attractive curves coming off the wall which make dramatic backdrops and bring books into the eyeline from a distance.

Performance mid-floor shelving

Create flowing, organic curves with our award-winning Arc and Propeller bookcases.

Performance mobile shelving

All our shelving shapes can be made using one and two unit Mobile Bookcases. These bookcases are fitted with heavy duty, lockable casters which make them both durable and easy to move.

Performance shelf types

Performance is supplied with clever L-shaped shelves which can be turned in the bookcase to hold small and large format books. You can also order special display shelves for face-out display.

Performance lightboxes

Add an extra level of impact with our retail-style lightboxes. Fitted with LED lights to illuminate the customized graphic these will give your space a real wow-factor.

Performance color options

Accent colors for bookcase exterior ends and caps.

Accent colors for bookcase exterior ends and caps

Neutral colors for bookcase interiors and shelves.

Accent colors for bookcase exterior ends and caps


We can supply a flexible, attractive signage system with Bookcase Sign Holders comprising an acrylic sleeve in a grooved block. As part of our design service, we can work with you to agree guiding for every bookcase.