I was taking a walk around the University of Chicago on Friday after a doctor’s appointment and I brought along my camera. One of the most bizarre sightings of the day was this glass-domed, egg-shaped structure.
I was looking for an entry point and it took me a while to find it.
The structure is attached via an umbilical-cord-like protrusion from the Joseph Regenstein Library.
It turns out this crazy thing is the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library consisting of the Grand Reading Room at ground level, and a massive, high-tech library storage system underground.
You can watch a video of the neat robotically controlled storage retrieval system.
I noticed a sign while I was taking snaps.
I became curious, so I walked up to it to read:
Oddly enough, it didn’t occur to me to even try to climb on that dome, until I read that sign, and then I thought, “man, that WOULD be kind of fun to do”.