The James B. Hunt Library bookBot is an automated delivery service that uses robotic cranes to retrieve books from an underground storage. As soon as a person chooses a title from a virtual catalog, one of the robotic cranes will automatically dive into the storage to grab it for them. Since there are 18,000 underground storage bins that hold two million, this robot seems necessary. Something out of a sci-fi movie, the system is as captivating as it is efficient.
Located at the North Carolina State University, the James B. Hunt Library bookBot coincides with an overall hi-tech atmosphere. Filled with cutting-edge technology and modern architectural design, the library also boasts a 3D Printer Makerspace, creativity studio that houses the advanced version of the Navy’s Mariner Skills Simulator and game lab.