NCSU's Hunt Library hailed as a modern marvel
Posted August 13, 2014
But this is no ordinary library.
“When you see a bookbot down in the basement delivering books, you realize you're not in a 19th- or 20th-century library anymore,” library Communications Director David Hiscoe said.
The high-tech Library has been open only 18 months, but it’s already attracting attention from around the world. It was named among the “coolest” libraries in America by Business Insider and featured in Wall Street Journal as inspiration for the renovation of the New York Public Library.
“All of a sudden, N.C. State and this area has become a locus for people talking about what's changing in research and how education is done in the United States,” Hiscoe said.
As it sets the global standard for modern libraries, Hunt's users are grateful to have it in their own backyard.
“It's a very unique resource and we're lucky to have it here at N.C. State,” said John Slankas, who is working toward his doctorate in computer sciences.
The library cost about $115 million to build and draws about 3,500 people a day during the school year.