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Mansueto “Library of the Future” Featured in The New York Times

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, which was formally dedicated on October 11, continues to make news with its innovative intersection of library science and information storage and retrieval. The New York Times is the latest to take note, calling it the “Library of the Future.”

From The New York Times:

But while many academic libraries are digitizing and moving holdings off site, Manseuto is the largest and latest (of about two dozen libraries) to add automated storage and retrieval systems. Volumes are housed in solid steel cases about 50 feet below ground. Should someone want to actually touch the real thing, books are delivered through a labyrinthine system of cranes and elevators. Picture the door-sorting machine from Pixar’s Monsters Inc.

The library’s design was also the subject of a Chicago Tribune article last month when architect Helmut Jahn won a Citation of Merit in the Distinguished Building category for the building’s design from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. To read The New York Times story, click here. The Chicago Tribune story can be accessed here.

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