U. of C.’s New Library Speaks Volumes – And They’re All Underground

May 18, 2011

University of Chicago’ s new $81 million dollar library opened Monday May 17. Designed by Helmut Jahn it has 180 seats for students and faculty and “room for 3.5 million volumes in the underground area, which is not accessible to anyone but select library staff. Fifty feet below ground on the Hyde Park campus, a system of five automated cranes retrieves and stores volumes that are sorted according to book size, not content.” Read more in this Chicago Sun-Times article.



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