December 22, 2012

The Raleigh News & Observer said of the new James B. Hunt Library on NCSU’s Cenntenial Campus,

It may well be the most advanced library in the world, and is one of the most unusual buildings in the nation by any measure.

Reasons you should stop by and check it out:

The BookBot system will store 1.5 million volumes in a very small space. It automatically retrieves them and you can watch the entire operation in action from the main lobby. It is SO cool.

Each feature of the library was designed deliberately so it’s breathtakingly beautiful inside. All 5 floors are connected by an electric yellow staircase so you won’t get lost!

The amount of technology in the place will make your jaw drop. Most computers respond to touch and students can conference call, network, design, record, and anything they can imagine.

It offers the best views of Lake Raleigh and the Raleigh skyline from outdoor patios. And giant glass panoramic windows.

It demonstrates that reinventing a library for the modern age makes sense. Libraries are NOT dead.

Here’s your sneak peek before the official January 2 opening! I toured the new library in September 2012 and only had my iPhone but the library was so beautiful that I just had to photograph it.  After all, the best camera with you is the one you have with you. I’ll take what I can get.

Last but not least, who doesn’t love a time lapse video that the Emerging Issues folks put together?