Leading-edge technology being installed in the new library at Valparaiso University will use the robotic limbs of a computerized crane to fetch obscure books from the library's collection. University officials say the system will save staff members time and enable them to make better use of available study space within the library, providing room for additional computers, study lounges, and even a cafe for patrons.

The university's new Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, opening in time for the fall semester, will house many of the library's older and lesser-used volumes in a


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