May 27, 2022

Learn About and Look at the Automated Retrieval System at Sonoma State University

From the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:

The storage component is three stories tall. There are no external windows. It’s fire and earthquake safe, with human access limited to one set of locked doors. It’s possibly the safest place on the Sonoma State University campus, and it’s called “The Vault.”

SSU’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System is the most advanced technology in library services today, and it serves the library portion of the Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center.

A between-floors track system allows electronic transfer vehicles a little bigger than a bread box to shuttle materials to and from the second-floor circulation desk.

But the three robots never leave and so far haven’t complained.

It’s the third such system installed in the United States at a cost of some $2 million and has been maximizing real estate costs since the opening of the Schulz Center in 2000.

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Learn More About the Automated Retrieval System at Sonoma State U.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.