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Most people just buy Faberge eggs ($1.69 for a dozen at Walgreens right now, if you've got the coupon). But soon the lucky students at the University of Chicago will actually be able to read and study inside one, kinda: The new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, which opens next week, "looks like a half-buried crystal Fabergé egg from the outside," writes Angela Watercutter for Wired. Designed by architect Helmut Jahn, the library has 700 panels of glass and features a domed, 8,000 square-foot reading room.
Besides being constructed out of glass and luxury, the Mansueto's also made out of the future: It doesn't have any traditional bookshelves, and is managed by robot systems. There's also a "subterranean storage facility" where they rehabilitate any robot-librarians who demonstrate behavioral problems:
Don't worry about the bad robots! There's probably no way they can get out of that basement.