Dematic helps Macquarie University launch Australia’s first ARC for books
The appropriately named ARC (Automated Retrieval Collection) has the capacity to store up to 1.8 million books in less than a seventh of the floorspace required by conventional shelving. The library can also provide hands-on access to up to 500,000 items that are in higher demand.
This capacity to store up to 2.3 million titles enables the University to house its entire collection – previously split between sites – for the first time.
And with its current inventory of 1.3 million books in the ARC, and 400,000 on shelving, the library is well placed to cope with title growth for many years to come.
Delivering a new standard of service
Due to the space-efficiency of the ARC, the new library is about the same size as its predecessor, yet provides three times as much study space and associated facilities.
"We are all very proud of our new library, but the most exciting thing is the improved service we can now offer to our students," said University Librarian, Maxine Brodie.
"Students can now simply browse our online catalogue of titles, both electronic and print. If the item is located in the ARC, then the student simply places an online request for it, and it will be waiting for them by the time they make their way to the pick up station.
"Based on overseas experience with automated library storage and retrieval systems, we expect the easy, convenient access the ARC provides will actually increase book lending rates over time," added Ms Brodie.
About 150 retrievals are being made from the ARC every day.