Here\’s One from The NYTimes on libraries of the future, partially run by by robotic systems linked to the Internet.
They now have a robot that can move about inside a library and locate a book requested by a user, take it off the shelf and carry it to a nearby scanning station. In the system\’s envisaged final version, a second robot at the scanning station would scan specific pages of the book that the user was interested in. The user would then be able to leaf through the book over the Internet from any location.
This project is over at Johns Hopkins, and has A Web Site.