What on earth is this domed thing?

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 read more about this unusual structure at the University of Chicago’s website where you can see artist renderings and the floor plan as well as see photos of the interior.

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”.

About Casey

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road Again
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1 Response to What on earth is this domed thing?

  1. joesoares says:

    How amazing!! Thank you for sharing. Hope you well. love and smiles. Joe.

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