What’s New in the ‘Hood: NC State Academic Library

This post is a bit of a departure from postings about my avocation to one that is more closely related to my vocation. Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the James L Hunt, Jr Library on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.  This library is a repository for the collection of primarily scientific, engineering and textile related materials held by NC State. Admittedly they have few historic materials, as those are mostly held at the University of North Carolina in Durham, but the design of the building and the spaces, the colorful furnishings and variety of uses all welcome you to sit and learn.

The services offered at the Hunt Library take the Resource Commons at the University of Washington in the Allen Library to a new level by expanding it over the entire 121,000 SF. If you haven’t been to the Resource Commons, I highly recommend you stop in–it’s a hub of activity.

Designed by Snøhetta Architects, here are some of the fun spaces inside the Hunt.

Hunt Lib Game roomThe video gaming room is 22 feet wide and is staffed to assist students in learning different programs or creating new programs of all kinds  it is probably what your “TV room” will look like in the future!  Students use the room to create new games.


Hunt Lib lobbyThe commons area has a plethora of furniture options for all kinds of interactive groupings . I loved the colors and the beautiful furniture chosen. Can I take one of the Mies chairs home?



Hunt Lib bookbot

Check out  the “bookbot,” a book robot which takes the book box which contains the desired book from the large bins (which looks like those infinity “canyons” they create in the sci-fi movies) and brings it to the distribution technologist.  The technologist pulls the desired book from the bin, and the bookbot takes the bin back to its original storage location about three stories down. Click here to see the video.  (my first!)

Thanks to David Goodwin, librarian for a great tour an to Lisa Johnson, University Architect at NC State for their assistance is giving and setting up the tour.

Happy Hunting!


What I have done since the last posting:  I attended a business conference in 100 degree heat.  Whew! I have been working on my Proof Argument and have a good start on the document.  There are some holes I need to fill to complete my “reasonably exhaustive research” responsibility, the first element of the GPS, but all are do-able.


One comment on “What’s New in the ‘Hood: NC State Academic Library

  1. Rachelle says:

    Very cool post and tour of the library! I will add it to my list of places to go in North Carolina.

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