The James B. Hunt Jr. Library

The Library seen from The Oval in the heart of NCSU's Centennial Campus

The Library seen from The Oval in the heart of NCSU's Centennial Campus

On September 2, 2017, we went to North Carolina State University's Centennial campus where we visited the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, named after former North Carolina governor Jim Hunt. The library is a truly impressive facility that opened in January of 2013 and would not be out of place in a city like Paris or New York. Having it in Raleigh is truly a privilege.

The library currently accommodates 1.5 million books in its bookBot system with the possibility of adding another 500,000 volumes. All this takes only one ninth the space of conventional stacks. In addition to its traditional library function, the building is a focal point of collaboration between students and a place where ideas and concepts can be discussed and tested. Even though the weather was rather gray on the day we visited, there was plenty of light inside the building.

If you would like to follow along on our tour of the library, you may downloaded a Library Map from NC State's site or from this site if the previous link should become unavailable. We also highly recommend a visit to the library's official site.

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The building seen from the Poulton Deck parking lot The view from the west entry lobby

The building seen from the Poulton Deck parking lot

The view from the west entry lobby


Looking from Robots Alley to the Common Grounds café Looking at the fully automated bookBot system

Looking from Robots Alley to the Common Grounds café

Looking at the fully automated bookBot system


Robots can get to any book in record time The steps to the main floor

Robots can get to any book in record time

The steps to the main floor


Strolling through the Emerging Issues Commons In the Lawrence and Ella Apple Technology Showcase

Strolling through the Emerging Issues Commons

In the Lawrence and Ella Apple Technology Showcase


Looking towards the iPearl Immersion Theater Looking down onto the main level

Looking towards the iPearl Immersion Theater

Looking down onto the main level


There are plenty of areas to have a discussion or just relax Looking down onto the Rain Garden Reading Lounge

There are plenty of areas to have a discussion or just relax

Looking down onto the Rain Garden Reading Lounge


The view from the fourth level The Fishbowl seminar room on the fourth level

The view from the fourth level

The Fishbowl seminar room on the fourth level


Looking across the atrium from the south... ...and from the north side.

Looking across the atrium from the south...

...and from the north side.


Looking towards the Learning Commons The stairs leading down to the third level

Looking towards the Learning Commons

The stairs leading down to the third level


Looking towards the Graduate Students Commons on the fourth level The Oval View reading lounge on the fourth level

Looking towards the Graduate Students Commons on the fourth level

The Oval View reading lounge on the fourth level


Skyline Alcove on the fifth level On the Skyline Terrace

Skyline Alcove on the fifth level

On the Skyline Terrace


On the Skyline Terrace Looking towards Wolf Ridge Apartments

On the Skyline Terrace

Looking towards Wolf Ridge Apartments


Back on the fourth level Lake Raleigh Learning Commons

Back on the fourth level

Lake Raleigh Learning Commons


Lake Raleigh Learning Commons A pod in the NextGen Learning Commons

Lake Raleigh Learning Commons

A pod in the NextGen Learning Commons


José Parlá's 'Nature of Language' The Quiet Reading Room on the main level

José Parlá's Nature of Language

The Quiet Reading Room on the main level


Level 2 Lobby and East Entry The west side of the building

Level 2 Lobby and East Entry

The west side of the building


The library seen from The Oval Wolf Ridge Apartments

The library seen from The Oval

Wolf Ridge Apartments


The north side of the library Heading back to the entrance

The north side of the library

Heading back to the entrance


Emerging Connections display One of the many unusual seating opportunities at the library

Emerging Connections display

One of the many unusual seating opportunities at the library


Heading back down to the first level One last look at the library

Heading back down to the first level

One last look at the library


The photos and video on this page were taken on Saturday, September 2, 2017.




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