January 2, 2013
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.