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University library evolving to high-tech learning center

University library evolving to high-tech learning center



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A $77 million renovation project is transforming the University of Utah's Marriott Library from simple book repository to high-tech learning center.

A central feature of the overhaul: A $12 million compact book storage system and automatic retrieval system that will free up some 80,000 square feet of library space.

Designed and installed by HK Systems, the automated center works on rail-mounted robotic retrieval cranes that move up and down four aisles, each holding 19,181 bins. A computer tracks each bar code-marked item.

To access materials, patrons will turn in call numbers into operators retrieve the works in under 10 minutes.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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