UBC Library book retrieval system

A photo of the UBC LIbrary's brand spankin' new ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System), which allows millions of extra books to be stored in half the space of a traditional library.

 

Welcome to the future: with the ASRS, we lose the ability to browse -- that magic of finding something while looking for something else is now gone -- but if we know what we're looking for, we're more likely to find that it's available on campus.

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Taken on February 9, 2006