Polycarbonate barriers ensure safety at NSW State Library

Abrasion resistant
polycarbonate barriers from Allplastics Engineering were installed in the reading
room at the State Library of NSW to replace glass barriers.

One of the greatest
libraries of the world, with a history dating back to 1826, the State Library features
inspiring spaces, rich collections, galleries and cultural and learning
programs that are open to all.

The iconic Mitchell
Library reading room is a beautiful, light-filled space allowing readers to
enjoy the atmosphere while collaborating on projects, research or studies. Events
were organised by the management of the library at certain times of the year,
and glass barriers were used to segregate the reading room.

These glass barriers
were not only heavy and difficult to move but also a hazard due to risk of breakage.

Engineering recommended their abrasion resistant 12.7mm thick clear
polycarbonate panels, which were cut to size for the special requirements of
the library.

Allplastics offers clear
polycarbonate sheets with a special coating, which creates a highly abrasion
resistant surface on both sides – almost equivalent to glass in performance.

Additionally, the enhanced
UV resistance protects against yellowing and hazing, making the abrasion
resistant polycarbonate the perfect choice for the high profile glazing

The resistance to
breakage and abrasion makes these clear panels the ideal choice for security
glazing at police stations and hospitals as well as anti-vandal viewing panes
in transport stations and public venues.

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