Only the second of its kind in Australia, the Library Retrieval System (LRS) is an underground storage facility for lesser-used items from UTS’s physical collection, with the capacity to hold around one million items.
By the end of 2014, about 345,000 items had been transferred from UTS’s Blake and Kuring-gai libraries to the LRS. The books and other items are stored in special bins and retrieved by fast-travelling robotic cranes, which can deliver requests to the Library’s service desk in as little as 15 minutes.
About 80% of the Library’s collection will eventually be stored in the LRS. From the end of 2014, only the newest and most highly used items remain on the Library’s open shelves, allowing freed-up areas to be reinvented as interactive student spaces.