Automated Retrieval System (ARS)

One of the unique features of the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center is the Automated Retrieval System. The retrieval system provides quick access to a three-story, computer-managed storage system with a capacity for 750,000 additional items located within the library building.

What materials are housed in the retrieval system?

  • The retrieval system contains archived journals, theses, and less circulated items, kept easily accessible. Because of the retrieval system, the library collection has space to grow with the most current and heavily used items on the open shelves, and a valuable retrospective collection retained onsite.

How are materials retrieved?

  • Requests for materials housed in the retrieval system can be made on any computer or handheld device with internet access.
  • Once a request is made, an automatic crane locates the requested item and delivers it to a pick-up station.
  • At the pick-up station, a person places the book into a carrier, which delivers the item to the Information/Check-Out Desk on the second floor.
  • The entire process takes about 15 minutes and can be seen from several viewing windows located on the third floor of the library.

ARS in action

What are the advantages of a retrieval system?

  • Maximum Flexibility. By incorporating the retrieval system into the building design, the library achieves the maximum capability to house, protect, and access library materials well into the future.
  • Greater Holding Capability. While much of the library collection will be on open shelving, the retrieval system accommodates an additional 750,000 volumes onsite.
  • Earthquake Safety. The retrieval system was designed to exceed standard earthquake building standards.
  • Expansion. The retrieval system is designed with advanced technological capabilities that can be upgraded and expanded.
  • Cost savings. The retrieval system eliminates the need and cost for offsite storage facilities.

Who manufactures this system and where else is it implemented?


Automated Storage & Retrieval System & the Link to III (IUG 2004 Boston)Powerpoint file

Sonoma State University's ASRS at Six Issues for Long-Term Operations (IUG 2006 Denver) Powerpoint file

Multiple Approaches to an Automated Storage and Retrieval System, (IUG 2006, Denver) Powerpoint file PDF file

More detailed implementation information (not maintained by SSU Library; some information may no longer be relevant)

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