Gallery: Crystalline Domed Mansueto Library Features Robotic Book Retri...

The glass-domed Grand Reading Room at the University of Chicago opened on Monday to the delight of students looking for a sunny spot to study. Outfitted with Low-E, fritted glass, the energy efficient dome ensures that daylight gets in, but doesn't overheat the space. Joe and Rika Mansueto, alumni of the University of Chicago, donated $25 million to fund construction of the Helmut Jahn-designed facility. The library also features an underground automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) capable of storing 3.5 million books.

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  1. Jaylyn July 13, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I spuspoe that sounds and smells just about right.

  2. evred May 22, 2011 at 3:58 am

    As cool as this is (no pun intended), the best part about it might be the preservation of books underneath the structure

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