Automated Retrieval Center (ARC)
An exciting element in the initial phase of the 21st Century Library plan is construction of an Automated Retrieval Center, or ARC.
Construction of the four-story ARC building is taking place on the north (Student Union) side of the library building. The ARC will contain 1.25 million volumes of the library’s print collection, placed in bins three stories high, for retrieval by robotic cranes. Books can be requested with the click of a button on the computer screen. Each volume will be available for pickup in minutes.
- Eventual capacity for 1.25 million print volumes
- 5 robotic arms will retrieve bins that contain approximately 100 books
- 6,942 bins in the first phase of implementation.
- Bins will be stacked 36 high in specially made steel racks
- First phase of ARC completion expected in early 2018
- Transferring books into the ARC will free up space for up to 1,600 additional user seats
In the next phase of the 21st Century Library project, a building connecting the ARC to the existing library building will be completed. The fourth floor of the ARC building will house a beautiful new space for students, a reading room surrounded by windows, overlooking the plaza in front of the Student Union.
Many libraries worldwide, including over twenty in the United States, have installed retrieval centers, including University of Chicago, North Carolina State University, University of Missouri Kansas City, and Georgia Southern University.