Library and Reflecting Pond

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Library and Reflecting Pond

Are those SHOWERS behind the desk?


image of consultation roomAn often-asked question at the Research & Information Desk is “what are those study carrels/workstations/shower stalls behind your desk?”  There are two correct answers to that question.  The area to the left as you’re facing the office door hosts tutors from the University Writing Center.  They take appointments and drop-in clients who need to have papers reviewed for form, grammar, style and clarity.  The area is entirely moderated by UWC, not the library; questions may be directed to 407-823-2197, or visit their website at to make an appointment.

The station to the right of the door is reserved for use by the UCF librarians.  Similarly, they take appointments with students, faculty, and sometimes community members who request individualized instruction on locating and using UCF Libraries’ research materials.  These areas are not open for public use; however, anyone wishing to have a one-on-one research consultation with a librarian may make an appointment at

UCF Knights Gameday

Game Day Hours, 11.19.15

This Thursday,  November 19th, our UCF Knights will be taking on the East Carolina Pirates at the Bright House Networks Stadium.
The John C. Hitt Library will close at 5:00 p.m. while the Curriculum Materials Center and Library at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management will close at 3:00 p.m. Regional campus libraries will remain open for regular Thursday hours. Get your last minute studying and research done at the UCF Libraries before heading out to the game.
Let’s go Knights!

Seismic Shift - No books on the 5th Floor

The Seismic Shift 2015 is Over!

Planning for the shift began over a year ago with a rotating roster of staff and faculty: Rich Gause, Frank Allen, Andrew Hackler, Ven Basco, Lindsey Ritzert, Andria Barratt, and Megan Humphries. While new members came in with transitions in staffing, bringing new perspectives, our goal was always the same: to find the most effective way to clear the 5th floor.

We ran studies of the collection to nail down the scope and procedures of the project. Our analysis was detailed enough to dynamically leave growth space through the collection, continuously keep track of the space we were gaining, and ensure we were meeting our goals. With a budget and timetable set, we hired students in stages to meet increasing workloads.


Joy Postle's Rhapsody in Rose number 7, a featured painting in Joy Postle's November 2015 exhibit in the John C. Hitt Library. Joy Postle's artwork and collection can be found in Special Collections & University Archives.

Exhibit: Artist Joy Postle: Inspired by Nature, 1896-1989

Joy Postle's Rhapsody in Rose number 7, a featured painting in Joy Postle's November 2015 exhibit in the John C. Hitt Library. Joy Postle's artwork and collection can be found in Special Collections & University Archives.

Joy Postle’s Rhapsody in Rose number 7.

Joy was a rare bird. She rather resembled the long-legged, wading birds found near Florida’s seacoast, lakes, marshes, and glades. A plein air artist, Postle patiently painted wildlife, enduring harsh environmental conditions, using watercolor, gouache, and pen and ink. To see Florida through the eyes of Joy Postle is to see breathtaking landscapes of a vivid, natural era. Detail, light, color, and even a sense of humor mixed with fantasy capture the imagination of viewers, reminding us of nature in its early, unblemished form.

The Joy Postle collection is located at the University of Central Florida in Special Collections and University Archives at the John C. Hitt Library. This collection of her life’s work includes artwork from the 1920’s to the 1980’s as well as ephemera highlighting aspects of her personal and professional life. Joy Postle was not only a self-supporting artist, she was also an entertainer, a writer, and an environmentalist.

The Joy Postle exhibit will be on display on the main floor of the John C. Hitt Library from November 1st – November 30th.

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