It may just be a big hole in the ground right now but soon a highly sophisticated, ‘robotic’ Library Retrieval System (or LRS) will be installed under Alumni Green.
In a major milestone for the Library project, UTS has formally appointed supplier Dematic Group to provide the LRS, which has the capacity to hold almost 1,000,000 printed items from the library’s collection.
The LRS is an important element of UTS’s vision for the ‘Library of the Future’ which will reinvent Building 2 when it opens in 2016.
"The LRS is ultimately just a tool,” says University Librarian Mal Booth. “It enables us to store the less frequently used items of our physical collection underground, creating opportunities for really exciting spaces that will be focused on connecting people, knowledge and culture.”
Even a quick visit to the library today shows the sorts of people-focused spaces that Booth means.
In the meantime, excavation of the LRS continues apace (alongside the Thomas Street Building excavation), with installation scheduled to start in 2014.
HOW THE LRS WORKS
- The automated storage and retrieval technology enables sophisticated resource discovery
- It will hold approximately 75% of the UTS library collection
- Library clients can access this stored collection easily through an online catalogue
- Books will be retrieved using a fast-travelling robotic crane
- The LRS uses proven technology and UTS will be the second library in Australia to implement it
- The LRS will free up library space for people and collaborative work, rather than storage of books, making the most frequently used items easier to find on the open shelving in the Library
- Mal Booth has prepared this cheeky video on the new LRS's imminent arrival
WHAT IS THE LIBRARY OF THE FUTURE?
- As part of the learning commons the new library will function as a hub, connecting the UTS community at its heart
- A new range of spaces that inspire learning and collaboration
- A rich cultural environment to stimulate creative intelligence and practices and which provide context, purpose and meaning for knowledge
- A range of more personalised services that facilitate curiosity and discovery and meet the needs of all of our users