Students use some of the collaborative learning space at the newly opened Hunt Library.

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January 2, 2013

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With the grand opening of the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus, the future is now at NC State.

The new library, one of the most advanced in the world, opened Jan. 2 after more than five years of construction. The Hunt turns the traditional library on its head, giving NC State students, faculty and staff a state-of-the-art space for learning, research, collaboration and more.

Library features include:
• The bookBot, a robotic, automated book delivery system that houses up to 2 million items and can deliver an item within five minutes of a user choosing it from the online catalog
• Technology-rich spaces where students and faculty can do pioneering work in large-scale visualization and simulation
• Videoconferencing and multimedia production facilities that encourage collaboration across locations and mastery of the latest audio and video tools
• The new library will also double the library study seating available to students on campus.

By putting leading-edge technology in the hands of students and faculty at all hours of the day and night, the Hunt Library will enable and encourage learning, experimentation, and technology-intensive projects, and will build community by showcasing university research and bringing together scholars from many disciplines.

“In its bold use of space and its immersive technologies, the Hunt Library says something profound about the sort of community that one joins when one chooses to study or work at NC State,” said Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries.

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Massive windows let in natural light at Hunt Library. Students talk on a Hunt Library balcony. Students study at Hunt Library Students use the Hunt Library. Whether alone or in groups, students can study however they need to at Hunt Library. Students gather at a Hunt Library study table. Open spaces encourage collaboration at Hunt Library. The new Hunt Library was designed to inspire creativity. An exterior photo of the James B. Hunt Library. Strong, stark lines highlight the construction of the Hunt. An exterior photo of the James B. Hunt Library. Students use the Rain Garden reading lounge inside the Hunt. Students talk by one of the micro-tile displays. Students talk by one of the micro-tile displays. The help desk at the Hunt Library. A student uses a laptop inside the technology showcase area. Students use a tablet in technology showcase area. Students use a tablet in technology showcase area. Students use a tablet in technology showcase area. An overall view of the main common area inside the Hunt Library. A student gets comfortable while studying inside the Hunt Library. Hunt library users talk inside the library. A students uses a tablet at the Hunt Library. Students walk up a stairwell at the Hunt Library. A student studies inside of the Hunt Library. A student studies inside of the Hunt Library. A detail pictures of some of the stools inside the Hunt Library. Students chat on one of the stairways at the Hunt Library. Students look out over the Hunt Library. Students collaborate on a project inside the Hunt Library. Students chat at the top of one of the stairways at the Hunt Library. A view showing the yellow staircase inside the Hunt Library. Students walk through the Hunt Library. A view showing the main entrance to the common area of the Hunt Library. A detail shot of some of the unique furniture inside the Hunt Library. A student reads inside the Hunt Library. A student reads inside the Hunt Library. Students study by some of the large windows at the Hunt Library. A student studies inside the Hunt Library. A students reads by the window at the Hunt Library. A students takes advantage of the many independent study areas inside of the Hunt Library. Students study inside of the Hunt Library. Students study by the large windows inside the Hunt Library. Students have many different types of chairs to choose from at the Hunt Library. A student sits and studies inside the Hunt. A view looking down onto the main common area at the Hunt. Natural light floods one of the reading rooms. Natural light floods one of the reading rooms. Natural light floods one of the reading rooms. Students walk on the outside patio of the Hunt. Some of Centennial Campus is reflected in the windows of the Hunt Library. Students study inside the Hunt Library. A student reads inside the Hunt Library. A student reads inside the Hunt Library. A detail of one of the chairs inside the Hunt Library. Two people use the common area inside the Hunt. Students meet inside the Hunt. Students use the interactive displays in the entrance way to the Hunt. An exterior of The James B. Hunt Library. An exterior of The James B. Hunt Library. The book bot at the James B. Hunt library. _MAH3987 _MAH4047 _MAH4049 _MAH4052 _MAH4058 The 3D Maker bot at the Hunt Library. Students use the iPearl Immersion Theater at the Hunt Library.