UTS library goes underground with robotics

As part of a $1 billion upgrade of its city campus, the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is installing an underground automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) for its library collection.

The ASRS is in response to the need to house a growing collection and free up physical space for the new library of the future, which is to open in 2015 to 2016, so that people can be at the centre of the library rather than the books.

Having the extra space will allow for more interactive learning environments where students can work more collaboratively in the library — for example, mixed media spaces for video editing and production.

The ASRS, which will connect to the new library, consists of six 15-metre high robotic cranes that operate bins filled with books. When an item is being stored or retrieved, the bins will move up and down aisles as well as to and from the library. Items will be stored in bins based on their spine heights — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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