The Internet Archive Standard Pallet

42" by 42" pallets are what the Internet Archive uses when it has the choice. The size is picked so that they can be 2 side-by-side and 10 deep in a container. We double-stack the pallets for storage for a total of 40 pallets per container where possible. See exceptions for 78s and other materials that cannot be double-stacked.

Export pallets from Uline are proper for shipping to china, called "export certified ispm-15" because they are treated. They cost us about $24 each in quantity (valid pricing as of 3/13/2017).

Recycled pallets are possible for pallets that would not go to china, that cost about $12 in quantity. For any uses that might go overseas we should go with the export pallets.

For pallets we get from others, they are rarely as small as ours. Most common is 48" x 40". According to SeanFagan, we can use them in our containers but this does not optimize storage space. If there is a choice, we specify the 42 X 42 pallets.


Each pallet that is part of the Internet Archive collection and has materials on it, will have a palletID. Where these come from is talked about on the PAIncomingInventory page.

BoxID Labels

Materials Required:
  1. laser printer
  2. Box Labels can be found and ordered here
  3. Box Label template spreadsheet for printing labels.
  4. Windows or Mac computer running Microsoft Excel or Openoffice Calc

Every box of processed / sorted material will be assigned a box ID as well as the above mentioned pallet ID. These BoxIDs are functions of the pallet ID, and are represented as the last 2 digits in the palletID string (IE, the yy in IA1xxxxyy). BoxIDs; their assignments and processes can be found on the XXXXXXX page.

Currently, our process for printing labels involves a downloadable spreadsheet (available below) which allows the user to print out a sheet of 6 peelable sticker-labels to be applied to all sorted / cataloged boxes.

Each type of material ingested has a different maximum number of boxes allowed per pallet, based on the size of the boxes used to pack the material. Generally those numbers are:

  • Books / VHS / Periodicals. Packed in 10 x 12 x 18 inch, double walled boxes. These pallets hold 24 boxes (boxes 01-24). (Link to packing diagram forthcoming -Sean)
  • LP's / 78's. Packed in 13 x 13 x 13 inch, double walled boxes. These pallets hold 27 boxes (boxes 01-27). (Link to packing diagram forthcoming -Sean)
  • Reel to Reel Film. Various sized boxes still being examined. Film may require more than one configuration. currently, only the same 13 x 13 x 13 inch method as the LP's is approved for smaller reel films.


B. sez: Add "CDs" to "LP's / 78's. Packed in 13 x 13 x 13 inch, double walled boxes. " We need to also configure # of boxes if we are shipping LPs, or any materials in our other standard sized box, 13x13x17 single walled box.

-- Bob George - 2017-02-27

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