Book Carts

Book carts are two-shelf or three-shelf mobile storage units with open shelves that typically have flat or angled positions with a single-sided cart design. Handles are often built into the frame at both ends to aid pushing or pulling maneuvering.

Styles

Book Truck: Book trucks can be single-sided or double-sided, with two or three shelves in a single-side layout or four or six shelves in a double-sided layout. Handles are built into the book truck frame for steering and the large capacity for books is ideal for library settings.

Book Truck
Book Truck

Double-Faced Book Truck: Double-faced book trucks are mobile open-shelf book storage units set on casters with access to the open shelves from either side. The mid-line center is divided to form two sides to the cart, which is more noticeable on the double-sided book trucks with angled shelves.

Components

Bin Shelves: Bin shelves are book cart shelves enhanced with raised sides and divided into bin-style compartments.

Book Dividers: Book dividers are built into select book carts or offered as optional enhancements to add to a cart or book truck model. The dividers support books on the flat or angled shelves, depending on design, when the shelves are under-filled.

Flat Shelf: Flat shelf units have flat, level shelves within a storage frame such as a book cart or book truck.

Double-Faced Book Truck
Double-Faced Book Truck

File Pocket: Select mobile book carts have file pockets on the ends of the cart, adjustable to position where needed along the end panels, and sized to hold standard letter-sized file folders and documents.

Hemmed Bin Dividers: Hemmed bin dividers are the vertical dividers built into bin shelves of book carts or book trucks, with the raw edges folded down, over the divider itself, and pressed securely to form a smooth, safe design. The hemmed bin dividers are hemmed in a similar fashion to clothing hems without stitches to secure the folded-over hem in place.

Locking Casters: Locking casters include a type of parking break that, when engaged, prevents the cart or book truck from rolling or moving. Many book carts and mobile storage units include two locking casters with two non-locking casters, while other designs include four locking casters.

Metal Shelves: Metal shelves of book carts and book trucks are often made from steel for lasting support and strength, finished with paint to protect from regular use.

Sloping Shelf: Sloping or angled shelf units have book shelves that are positioned with the front open edge higher than the back, allowing the spines of books to be visible from a standing position for easier access and organizing.

Book Cart with Bin Shelves
Bin Shelves

Swivel Casters: Swivel casters rotate or pivot 360° within their individual structures, allowing easier maneuvering while the book cart or book truck is in motion.

Construction Materials

All Wood Components: Library carts and book trucks listed as having all wood components feature wood frame, handles and shelves made of real solid wood and/or wood products such as MDF core, plywood, particleboard and wood veneers.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Finish: Environmentally friendly powder-coat finish is a dry powder-coat paint applied to steel or other metal components and cured to form a strong, scratch-resistant protective layer over the metals.

Book Cart with Sloping Shelf
Sloping Shelf

Fully Welded Construction: Steel book trucks and carts with fully welded construction usually ship fully assembled, welded by the manufacturer. Some parts are welded but shipped unassembled for assembly upon receipt.

Hemmed Shelf Edges: Hemmed shelf edges refer to the raw edges of steel shelves of library shelving, book carts, and book trucks, with the edges folded and pressed to securely form a steel hem, similar to the hem on clothing. The concept conceals rough raw edges, enhancing safe use and improving the smooth appearance and quality style of the product.

Industrial Grade DuraCore: DuraCore is an industrial-grade solid core panel designed with eco-friendly polyurethane foam creating a dense, damage-resistant, durable panel with uniform thickness and strength for reliable book cart and book truck design.

Laminate Finish: Laminate finish is a durable protective design enhancer, supported by a multi-layer design and applied using heat and pressure to the panels of wood or wood product used in library furniture collections. Laminate finish is generally scratch-resistant as well as stain and heat resistant.

Melamine Finish: Melamine finish is a durable, scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and heat-resistant protective finish applied under heat and pressure with adhesive such as laminate. The finish is used on wood and wood product core panels forming bookcase shelving, carts, book trucks, and other elements. The finish is accomplished with fewer under-lying layers than are used in traditional high-pressure laminate finish.

Pins & Cams: Pins and cams refer to an easy assembly method using round cams inserted into wooden panels with customized pre-cut holes for the cams. A corresponding panel will have a different pre-cut hole for pins, which insert through openings in the cam-containing panels. The cams are then turned, with a screwdriver, locking the pins in place and securely assembly the product.

Rolled Edges: Rolled edges refer to steel shelves and book cart designs with raw edges of the steel components rolled to conceal any potentially sharp raw edges and enhance the style.

Steel Construction: Steel construction refers to book carts and book trucks with steel frame and/or steel shelving components. Steel library products are finished with paint, often using an eco-friendly powder-coat paint process.

Veneer Finish: Veneer finish is a wood finish with durable design accomplished by applying thin slices of real wood to the core panels forming bookcase shelving, carts, trucks, or other furniture. The slices of wood are stained in classic-style wood stain with protective finish such as lacquer or other topcoat. Applied using laminate or other adhesive, the veneer finish creates the look of solid hardwood furniture at a lower cost and with greater durability.

Features

ANSI/BIFMA: Book carts and library book trucks listed as meeting standards set by ANSI/BIFMA have been tested and verified to meet the standards of the American National Standards Institute and the Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturers Association, ensuring consistent quality design, production, and resulting products with safe designs that accommodate modern workspace furnishing.

Green Features: Green features are the design and construction elements that support environmental efforts. Using powder-coat paint finish, recycled materials, or creating a recyclable product are some examples of green features.

Standing Height: Book trucks and carts are built to a standing height, allowing easier access and transport throughout a library setting. The standing height is typically over 30” to accommodate the average user.

Weight Capacity: Weight capacities listed or indicated with specific library carts and trucks generally refer to the maximum safe weight capacity of a single shelf within a unit, or the overall weight capacity of the storage unit when indicated. The weight capacity is a measure of the maximum safe weight a shelf or product can support at a given time, assuming the weight is evenly distributed on the shelf or in the storage unit. If the weight capacity is exceeded, damage to the cart or storage unit can result, as well as risk of injury to user or library patrons, and the manufacturer’s warranty is likely void.