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New NCSU Hunt Library attracting global attention

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RALEIGH--It's a library that's giving North Carolina worldwide appeal.

"It's an inspiring building. We expect inspirational things to happen in it," said David Hiscoe, director of communications for N.C. State University Libraries.

A hub for inspiration that took three years to construct. It's giving both N.C. State University students and the community a place to come together and collaborate.

"You can't come into this building without doing great work," added Hiscoe.

The 200,000 square foot building is considered one of the most technologically advanced in the world, but unlike your typical library, this one has a "Book-bot."

"What you're seeing are 18,000 books that are tracked by a computerized system," Hiscoe said.

It's a condensed book storage where each book is pulled electronically by robots.

Just footsteps away from the library is what's called the Emerging Issues Commons. This is where you can learn about North Carolina's environment, economy, health, or education with just the touch of a screen.

"This is a physical space combined with an online component that provides information, access to resources, and a community to help [get] others across the state of North Carolina interested in the challenges that face our state together," said Dana Magliola, a spokesperson for the Institute for Emerging Issues.

It's a 25-year vision turned into reality for N.C. State University's Centennial Campus.

"We never had a core for this campus, we never had a heart for this campus and the Hunt Library has an appropriate soul for the Centennial campus at N.C. State." said Hiscoe.

They're staying on the forefront of the future with direct access to the tools of tomorrow.

The facility and nearby parking deck cost more than $100 Million. Money from the state and private donations help back the cost of the library.

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