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.

  • Travis Nep Smith 9y

    He *is* the King.
  • Jason Kurylo 9y

    Seanorr is the king indeed -- this is the new, fancy-dancy electronic retrieval system at the UBC Library, just across from Buchanan Tower and beside the clock tower.
  • James 9y

    Do you need special access to see this thing, or can anyone go and check it out. I would love to see this thing operating.
  • Jason Kurylo 9y

    No special access required (although an active UBC student number will get you a U-Pass for the B-Line).

    This shot, for example, was taken through one of the ground level windows opposite Buchanan Tower.
  • Guy 9y

    I'm amazed at the picture...nice job.

    Man to think I used the Dewey Decimal system and had to hunt cards...
  • James 9y

    I wonder if kids these days even know what a card catalogue was.
  • Guy 9y

    Ahh the smell of the card catalogue, all nighters in the stacks, falling asleep and drooling in my carrell.

    That still go on?
  • Jason Kurylo 9y

    I prefer to drool consciously, myself.
  • Judy B - The Travelling Eye 9y

    Holy Matrix, Batman!

    Very cool pic ....
  • Jason Kurylo 9y

    Thanks Judy B -- and kudos to you for tossing two completely separate pop culture references into a very economical three words!
  • transairn 9y

    I'm gonna go see if i can get as good a shot as this one. Great photo!! Thanks!
  • Jason Kurylo 9y

    How'd it go poe?
  • Aman 9y

    This shot is reminiscient of Gaugin's "Bridges," in that it fails to achieve the delicate sensation of pants.

    I have to talk to you about this photo sometime...
  • Marjorie Lipan 8y

    What will happen in case of a power failure?
  • D'Arcy Norman 7y

    it's like a cross between the closing scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Tron...
  • Duncan Creamer 7y

    This would be a great subject to try to capture with a Panoramic camera:
    no tresspassing by Duncan Creamer

  • Adam 6y

    Yeah, it's great... except when the robots break down, the journal volumes are mis-labelled, and you accidentally order the wrong volume and have to wait 15 min to get the right one...
  • Terence Cheung 6y

    I've always stopped by the Irving window just to stare at the marvel of the system. - mostly makes me late for class though
  • narayanab17 5y

    Sex,about intercourse
  • Guy 5y

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