When searching for items in the Miami University Libraries catalog, you might find
an item that is available at “SW Depository”. Have you ever wondered what that
was? It is the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository, affectionately known as SWORD.
There are 5 regional depositories in Ohio whose holdings are shared across
academic libraries in the state. SWORD is shared by Miami University, Central State
University, University of Cincinnati, and Wright State University and is located
on the Miami Middletown Campus. Miami University Libraries are continuously
purchasing new items to add to their collections in order to provide the best
possible resources for our students, faculty and staff. Less used items are moved to
SWORD to make room for the more frequently used items. Books requested from
SWORD typically arrive in 2-3 business days and requested journal articles are
received electronically. Miami has over 1 million items in the depository!
A view from inside SWORD shows towering shelves of books reaching 3-1/2 stories
high and 7-1/2 stories long. Books are stored by size and then are barcoded.
Barcodes are stored in the catalog system so items can be retrieved by staff who run a cherry picker down the aisles and up the 3-1/2 story high stacks. The dedicated staff who work in SWORD certainly don’t have a fear of heights!