CAVAL assesses needs and tailors the proposed storage to provide the most cost-effective, flexible option for the duration, management, shelving and curatorial access of the collections.


Australia’s Unique Collections Repository

CAVAL operates the CARM (CAVAL Archival and Research Materials) Centre, a specially designed storage facility for its members and other organisations requiring high quality and low risk storage solutions. To provide improved workflow efficiencies, cost benefits and complete project management, we combine our storage solutions with other collection management services such as multi-lingual accessioning, cataloguing, materials processing and specialist digitising services for print materials.

The centre was expanded in 2010 by the addition of a second building, the CARM2 facility. The expansion allows storage of up to three million volumes in a typical library configuration, or seven million volumes in a high-density configuration.


Australia’s Unique Last Copy Research Collection

Within the CARM (CAVAL Archival and Research Materials) Centre, the CARM Shared Collection is a last copy research material collection jointly owned by CAVAL CARM member libraries.

Established in 1996, it is managed by CAVAL for long-term ownership, maintenance and access, providing a cost-effective solution to archival storage for member libraries. The Centre gives libraries fast, easy access to over 10 kilometres of research material, delivering requested material digitally to the user-desktop. Members can save millions of dollars in storage costs by utilising this facility for their lower use research collections.


  • Trusted institution benefitting Australian libraries, galleries, archives and museums for over 35 years
  • High quality purpose-built, environmentally controlled, secure storage
  • Flexible storage options and high density shelving capacity
  • Short and long-term storage solutions
  • Management systems for easy collection access and audit
  • Efficient stewardship of collection management projects
  • Facilities for viewing and curatorial inspection of collections