The Library’s future is about people…and robots! UTS Library houses low-use items from the print collection in a Library Retrieval System, employing a robotic automated system to retrieve requested items and make the collection accessible. This frees space in the Library building for people to study, learn, research and be inspired. Find out more about this project below.
In the beginning... There was a video about the future Library Retrieval System currently being excavated and built at UTS. This footage was shot by Mal Booth, University Librarian on a visit to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
and at the end there was an... LRS ready and waiting to take requests.
In this short video, all your questions about this amazing new facility are answered from how to request an item and where to pick up books to how the LRS will change the library experience at UTS.
- The excavation took around 10 months, and for the LRS there was approximately 48,000m3 of material removed (mainly sandstone).
- The depth of the excavation is 20m from the ground level.
SRMS & Aisles
- Approximately 5 storey’s high
- Cranes 15m tall
- 12,000 bins of all sizes
- Items randomly stored and stored by height
- 4 different sized bins – 10 sectors (275mm), 8 sectors (325mm), 4 sectors (400mm), 1 sector (475mm)
- 6 cranes
- 320,000+ low use items stored at present
- Only LRS in Australia to use RFID & Touch screen capabilities
- Floor design representative of the RFID tag and DNA ribbon on UTS Library catalogue
- Second LRS in an Australian Library – Macquarie University 1st Library
- Many universities in US and Europe been using this technology for their collections
- Optimal storage for preservation & security of library collection (dust-free environment)
- Can store up to 1 million items – 20 years of growth for the collection
- Would require a library 4-5 times bigger to house the growing collection & would cost 4 times more than the LRS
- All items cleaned before loaded
- Reduce carbon footprint by daily deliveries by foot using ergonomic delivery trolleys and backpacks
Requesting & Catalogue Information
- Can request via catalogue 24 hours per day
- The most popular days of the week for requests are Tuesday and Wednesday
- Shelf view is available to visually browse what is stored in the LRS – via UTS Library Catalogue
- Regular deliveries daily to the Library & once item arrives to requested location SMS/email notification sent instantly for you to come and collect item
- When the Library is located in Building 2 it will take approximately 15 mins for delivery and will be sent by book lift from LRS into Library for collection
Long section artists impression of the Library Retrieval System (LRS).
Artist impression of the LRS Operational Room.
Artist impression of the LRS Picking Station.
The book vault for the Library Retrieval System (LRS) is all but completed next step is to install the ASRS itself. The completed facility will be entirely located underneath our Alumni Green.
Fun fact: there are 6 aisles, each bin is over 1m long and the racking is 4 stories or 15 metres tall.
Fun fact: There are 4 different size bins and they are packed based on the size of the book. There are 12000 bins.
More photos are available on Mal Booth's Flickr site.
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