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Very few people have the opportunity to visit Iron Mountain, a storage facility with security that rivals Fort Knox. On the condition that they would keep the facility's clients secret, a local television station was recently invited for a behind-the-scenes tour of the former mine and a look at just a few of the many priceless artifacts stored within the cavernous space.
ProQuest's holdings at Iron Mountain include archived newspapers, dissertations, government documents, and more.
Iron Mountain's 1.8 million square foot facility includes vaults ranging from the size of a large closet to a shopping center. Each day, the 2,700 people who work there descend 220 feet below the rolling hills to reach the massive cavern. Frigid water (50°F/10°C) from an underground lake is pumped throughout the mine to maintain the cool temperatures needed for optimal document preservation, and 15 generators stand by to make sure Iron Mountain never goes dark.
In addition to storing physical media, Iron Mountain also houses data centers for Marriott and four U.S. government agencies.