The library has an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS or ARS) called ROVER (Retrieval Online Via Electronic Robot), and users will notice a major change in the way they retrieve materials from the library.
Library staff members have placed about 80% of the library collections (including all of the bound periodicals, Black Studies publications, archive materials, microforms, audio-video materials such as music CDs, DVDs, films, tapes, etc., and most of the older books (those published before 1991) into ROVER, which saves a lot of shelving spaces for students study and other public use. In addition, ASRS automatically delivers requested items of collections by two mini-load storage/retrieval machines (SRM Robot) for circulation, which efficiently and conveniently serves the library users. All of the materials in ROVER will be searched, selected, and requested by the users through using the library online public access cataloging system; then, their selected “Request” will be automatically transferred to ASRS. The users go to the library Circulation Desk to pick up their requested materials, without going to the shelves of library stacks to look for their selections.