|Image: The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library courtesy of the University of Chicago|
The Mansueto's reading room and high-density, automated storage site is an interesting concept. The storage area is located underground while the reading room rests on top of the storage and below a glass curtain dome. I like the idea at first, but then I wonder what happens when repairs are needed to the cranes. Do librarians don grappling gear and scale the storage walls?
Here's a nice video that illustrates how it works