The West bank, which is not the East bank, also contains the new Anderson Library Archive
Center, which is a 2,500,000 cubic foot, environmentally-controlled
cavern with two buildings
built inside of it, which are also environmentally-controlled. The two buildings give the archive center ~185,000 square feet of space to store volumes, with room to expand
The archive center is now being used to store some of the older and less accessed volumes from the University's 5,000,000+ collection of books, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, as well as other forms of media, such as blue-prints and photographs.
The cavwern itself can house up to 1,900,000 volumes on 26,000 shelves. There are actually two caverns which were mined out of the sandstone on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Each cavern is 600 feet long, 65 feet wide and 23 feet high.
There is also a building on top of the cavern which houses special collection, small exhibits, and allows patrons to peruse and inspect items from the archives. The entire cavern is also encased in a water-protection "jacket" which would allow the building and all the volumes to survive a 500 year flood.
The entire project totaled 46.5 million dollars, with 38.5 million coming from Minnesota legislature, and 8 million from the University.
And as a side note, the shitty-ass, should-be-abandonded art "building" (if you can call it that) is going to be replaced in the next few up-coming years, much to the joy of the artists on the west bank.