Making of Mansueto

Mansueto Library 360° video

Explore the Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room, get a robot’s-eye view of the automated storage and retrieval system, and see preservation experts at work in the conservation and digitization laboratories in this 360° video.

How to view 360° videos

On desktop computers, use a web browser compatible with 360° playback (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera). Click and drag the mouse to adjust the frame. Set the video quality to 2160S (4K) for an optimal viewing experience.

On mobile devices, install the YouTube app, and visit Either tap and drag your finger to adjust the frame, or move the full device around with your hands.

About the Mansueto Library

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library opened at the heart of the University of Chicago campus in 2011. It features a soaring elliptical glass dome capping a 180-seat Grand Reading Room, state-of-the-art conservation and digitization laboratories, and an underground high-density automated storage and retrieval system.

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ALA conference attendees invited to visit UChicago libraries, tour Mansueto

Attendees of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago January 30 through February 3 are welcome to visit the University of Chicago’s campus libraries.

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits 2015 logoA tour of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library will be offered to ALA attendees and their guests on Friday, January 30 at 12:30 p.m. Led by a University of Chicago librarian, the tour includes a behind-the-scenes  demonstration of the robotic cranes that form part of the library’s automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).  Those interested in attending should gather in the lobby of the Joseph Regenstein Library at 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, in front of the entry attendant’s desk.

All Library locations are open during the conference to ALA conference attendees. Please bring your conference badge to gain admittance.  For a listing of library hours, please check

College Raptor: Mansueto #1 of ‘most amazing college libraries’ in U.S.

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College Raptor – January 2015

Condé Nast Traveller: Mansueto among world’s 9 most stylish libraries

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Condé Nast Traveller – October 14, 2014

Chicago Tonight: Mansueto Library featured in 3rd edition of ‘AIA Guide to Chicago’

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Chicago Tonight – July 8, 2014

Curbed Chicago: Mansueto Library ‘one of Chicago’s most important pieces of new architecture’

Watch Helmut Jahn explain his design for U of C’s Mansueto Library
Curbed Chicago – June 20, 2014

Video: ‘Helmut Jahn on the Ethos of Mansueto Library’

In a recently released video, architect Helmut Jahn explains how his aesthetic choices for the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library reflect the University of Chicago’s guiding ideals.

Business Insider: Mansueto one of ‘coolest college libraries’

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Business Insider – April 10, 2014

Discovery Channel Canada visits Mansueto Library

Robo library
Discovery Channel Canada – April 9, 2014

Newcity: Mansueto Library among best of Jahn’s designs

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NewCity – March 20, 2014