The New York Public Library received a book train
A generous donation of several million dollars, the administration decided to spend on building a “book train” – an automatic book transport system. By train it is called by tradition, in the modern version it is a conveyor mechanism with autonomous cargo robots. Definitely red.
On the rails, which are laid both vertically and horizontally, 24 separate cargo carts are moving. Each carries up to 15 kg of books, moves at a speed of up to 23 meters per minute and is able to smoothly pass through turns, including when going to a highway in a different plane. In the building of the public library of New York 11 levels – for one trip the robot can overcome up to 300 m.
The novelty is intended for transporting books from the vault to visitors’ desks and it is mandatory for use. For one simple reason – wait only a few minutes and the system is able to meet 90% of all requests. Plus, when only low-noise robots move around the library, this minimizes unnecessary fuss and shuffling of feet along the parquet floor.
Similar systems operate in many large book depositories of developed countries. For example, here is a demo video from the National Library of New Zealand: