Skip to Main Content
Ekstrom Library

Ekstrom Library Floor Plans: Robotic Retrieval System

Robotic Retrieval System

The Robotic Retrieval System (RRS) is a storage and retrieval system housing University Libraries’ materials which can hold up to 600,000 volumes. The RRS is located in Ekstrom Library.

To schedule a tour, please contact:

Alice Abbott-Moore
Robotic Retrieval System Supervisor

Robotic Retrieval System Frequently Asked Questions

Interesting Facts about the Robotic Retrieval System

  • Originally, Robotic Retrieval System (RRS) technology was developed and utilized in industry, and in recent times, adapted for library use. The University of Louisville libraries were the seventh (7th) academic institution in North America to have such a facility.
  • The RRS can hold up to 600,000 volumes; currently there are approximately 500,000 volumes.
  • Each robot (crane) weighs 6,900 pounds.
  • Each robot can carry a bin that weighs up to 500 pounds.
  • Books are organized in the bins by size and not call number or subject.
  • Like a car, the robots undergo a quarterly checkup/maintenance to keep them running smoothly.


Requesting Items from the Robotic Retrieval System

To request items from the Robotic Retrieval System, first you need to locate the item you want in the library's catalog. If the item is stored in the RRS, the location line will read, "Robotic Retrieval System (RRS)."

list screen

Click on the item's title to bring up the item record.

item record

Under the Availability section, click the "Place Hold" button


At the login screen use your ULink ID and password.

request screen

An information screen will appear with the item's details. Confirm that you want the item by clicking on Submit button.

Then go to the West Service Desk to pick up your requested item.

Related Resources