Library Layout and Location requirements

Information for planning the installation and layout of your library, including various specifications for optimal performance.

For tabletop installation - Tabletop installations (one Base Module) require no additional hardware.

For rackmount installation - If possible, install the Base Module in the middle of the rack to provide space for the allowed three Expansion Modules above it and three Expansion Modules below it. See Structure and supported library configurations for details.


The equipment must be located so that access to the equipment can be controlled and monitored. Consider all of these recommended security measures when you’re determining where to locate your tape library.
Library location
You’re responsible for the security of this library, the cartridges that are contained within the library, and shelf-resident cartridges. To prevent unauthorized access to data, IBM recommends locating the library and all shelf-resident cartridges in an area where access is controlled.
Onsite security measures
You’re also responsible for evaluating, selecting, and implementing security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
Data security
Data security is accomplished through the Management GUI. See Locating Management functions.

Location requirements

Choose a location that meets the criteria in Table 1.
Table 1. Location requirements
Criteria Definition
Rack requirements Standard 19-inch rack (minimum depth of 1 meter) with an appropriate # of Us (Rack Units) of clearance for the planned module quantity (See Table 2 for details.)
Minimum Rack Post Spacing: 688.34 mm (27.1 In.)
Maximum Rack Post Spacing: 904.24 mm (35.6 In.)
Rack space requirements 3U for the Base Module and 3U for each Expansion Module
Power source
  • AC Power Voltage: 100 - 240 VAC
  • Line Frequency: 50 - 60 Hz
  • Library is located near AC outlet.
The AC power cord must be always easily accessible.
Air quality
  • Place the library in an area with minimal sources of particulate contamination.
  • Avoid areas near frequently used doors and walkways, stacks of supplies that collect dust, printers, and smoke-filled rooms.
  • Excessive dust and debris can damage tapes and tape drive.

Technical specifications for this library can be referenced in the following tables.

Physical specifications

Table 2. Physical specifications
Characteristic Product alone Packaged
Height 133 mm (5.23 in) 330 mm
Width 480 mm (18.89 in)1 635 mm
Depth 880 mm (34.6 in)2 1168 mm
Base module: 20 Kg
Expansion module: 13 Kg
Base module: 25 Kg
Expansion module: 19 Kg
1Includes front covering of rack rails, allowing for magazine opening clearance.
2From the front of the bezel to the back of the fan on an inserted drive sled.
Figure 1. Front bezel height
Front bezel height
Figure 2. Depth from front of the bezel to back of the fan on an inserted drive sled
Depth from front of the bezel to back of the fan on an inserted drive sled

Electrical specifications for one module (base or expansion)

Table 3. Electrical specifications for one module (base or expansion)
Characteristic Specification
Maximum current 3.7 A
Voltage 100 - 240 V 50/60 Hz
Maximum power consumption 370 W

Acoustical specifications

Table 4. Acoustical specifications
Parameter Measurement
Idling acoustical noise sound power level LwAD in Bels (1 Bel = 10 dB) 6.6
Maximum acoustical noise sound power level LwAD in Bels (1 Bel = 10 dB) 6.8