On the south side of Chicago on the University of Chicago campus, under a 35-foot-tall glass dome, you can get your research materials or fiction books delivered to you by a robot.
The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library is a space that delivers a unique library experience that is sure to make other bookworms swoon. With over 14,000 square feet of space and the capacity to hold the equivalent of 3.5 million volumes, the library is more than impressive from a numbers perspective alone. The open-air research space affords intellectuals much space for collaboration as well as reprieve from long hours of research via the skyward view through the dome.
The library houses its collection up to 50 feet below ground in an unconventional design. Books are requested by the patron and then retrieved by robot from the underground collection and delivered within 5 minutes. More impressive is that this is all done with sustainability in mind. The design of the building is not only energy efficient but also minimizes the environmental impact to the surrounding area.
The University of Chicago is well known for its culture of pioneering. Whether it be language, economics, engineering, or medicine, the University of Chicago is always at the forefront. The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library continues the University of Chicago's culture of innovation. How about stopping in to request your personal favorite from the robot-run system?