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The Library at the University of Chicago has been designed to maximize the physical space in the library sporting an 8,000-square-foot main reading room under a glass paneled dome.  This photo is the massive underground storage facility holding 3.5 million volumes which are retrieved by robotic systems.

A different kind of book space: robots retrieve books in University of Chicago’s new, futuristic library. The underground storage facility holds million volumes that are accessed by robotic cranes.

Mansueto Library, University of. Chicago

Mansueto Library, University of Chicago. The underground storage facility holds million volumes that can be accessed by robotic cranes. Cool and necessary but you can't 'browse the stacks.

East Room. #morganlibrary #bookporn #bookishness... | Literary Musings & Legal Adventures

East Room. #morganlibrary #bookporn #bookishness... | Literary Musings & Legal Adventures

The Trinity Library, Dublin, Ireland.  I love libraries and this was the ultimate library to visit.

Trinity College Library (the 'Long Room'), Dublin. There has been a library at the College ever since it was founded (in but the Long Room was not begun until Completed in it is the largest library in Ireland, containing books.

Library at The Mount:  Destination Weddings in the Berkshires

Destination Weddings in the Berkshires

Underground Robot Library.  "Last June, the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago, which accumulates about 150,000 books every year, introduced a system of robotic stacks capable of holding 3.5 million volumes in one seventh the space required by conventional stacks."  Click-through explains how.

Research libraries are facing an unexpected challenge: too many books. Despite digitization, bound collections continue to grow. Some libraries house their stacks offsite, which can create multi-day delays between request and retrieval.

access tunnel to Onkalo, Finland, an underground nuclear storage facility currently under construction. Built into the 2bn year old bedrock, it is meant to contain the country's nuclear waste for the full 100,000 years during which it is still harmful for humans

access tunnel to Onkalo, Finland, an underground nuclear storage facility currently under construction. Built into the year old bedrock, it is meant to contain the country's nuclear waste for the full years during which it is still harmful for humans

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Image result for salt lake city public library head

Skylight in the Main Library  Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl

Skylight in the Main Library, San Francisco Public Library, Library Portraits Project: Main Branch

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