The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago employs some high-tech staff members.
The $81 million dollar facility uses robots to search for library volumes and books. The machines, developed by Dematic, are essentially robotic cranes. When retrieving a book, the device locates the appropriate storage bin and then uses a barcode scanner to find the exact book a person wants.
Aside form its robotic aides, the library itself is an impressive facility. The entire structure is housed in an underground chamber, is five stories tall and houses 35,000 bins, of which contain millions of books.
Furthermore, it only takes the robots a short amount of time to locate a desired book. This system is also more efficient than a classical library layout, as the machines calculate the dimensions of each book and place them in bins where space can be optimized.
The machines featured at the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library are not unlike the warehouse management robotics systems manufactured by Kiva. According to Wired, the company's robots are currently deployed by large retailers to make inventory processes more streamlined.