There is an interesting article in the dec. 4, 2009 times, on the British Library.
The British Library’s huge new automated storage centre was opened yesterday. Much of the sorting and carrying at the futuristic building at Boston Spa, in West Yorkshire, is done by robots, which operate along 131 miles of environmentally controlled storage.
The building will eventually house seven million items from the national collection, in 140,000 barcoded containers. The building will house low-use material including patent specifications, books and newspapers. The seven robots take the containers to a retrieval area for the staff to take out requested documents.
Read more about it at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6943560.ece