James B. Hunt Jr. Centennial Campus Library
1070 Partners Way
Location: Centennial Campus
Sq. Footage 253,028
The James B. Hunt Jr. Library serves as the intellectual and social nexus for the rapidly growing population on NC State's Centennial Campus, a community of academic, corporate, and government partners. The library primarily house collections supporting the multidisciplinary research and teaching activities on Centennial Campus. The Hunt building will also house the Institute for Emerging Issues, which former North Carolina governor James B. Hunt Jr. was instrumental in establishing.
The Hunt Library was made possible by $115.2 million in state funds, plus donor support.
Primary users are faculty, students, and staff in engineering, textiles, and other science programs. As a second main library for the university, the Hunt Library also welcomes students, faculty, and partners from all disciplines.
253,028 gross square feet, including space for the Institute for Emerging Issues and other university centers and institutes. Anchoring Centennial Campus’ Academic Oval, the building is longer and wider than a football field, stretching roughly 460 feet in length and 180 feet at its widest point.
88 feet high at tallest point, providing dramatic views of Lake Raleigh and the city skyline.
Almost 100 group study rooms and technology-equipped spaces to support learning, research, and collaboration.
Robot-driven bookBot automated book delivery system holds up to 2 million volumes in 1/9 the space of conventional shelving, enabling the library to provide more space for learning and collaboration. The ookBot is 50 feet wide by 160 feet long by 50 feet tall and is excavated 20 feet below the first floor.
The bookBot delivers books in minutes with a click in the Libraries' online catalog. Visitors can watch the bookBot in action through a glass wall on the first floor ("Robot Alley"), as four robots dart up and down enormous aisles to pinpoint and retrieve materials.
Designed as a "green" building at the LEED Silver level.
Lead designer, Snohetta, is one of the premier firms on the globe, responsible for the new Library of Alexandria and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York. North Carolina executive architects, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, have created some of the most memorable buildings in the state.