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Noise alert! North (Student Union) side of the John C. Hitt Library

You may have noticed heavy equipment and some digging behind the John C. Hitt Library. There will be noise in the library associated with the site preparation work, particularly on that side of the building.

The site is being prepared for some of the work on Phase 1 of the 21st Century Library project, which will include construction of an Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) on the north side of the current library building.

Pardon our dust! The transformation of the library is just beginning.

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What’s behind the fence?

Have you noticed the fencing installed on the north (Student Union) side of the John C. Hitt Library building?

This is the start of Phase 1 of the 21st Century Library project. The site is being prepared for construction of the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC), a four-story structure designed to accommodate 1.25 million print volumes for quick retrieval in a three-story high space. In Phase 2 of the project, a student work space surrounded by windows will be created on the fourth floor, at the top of the ARC.

Before work begins on the ARC, power and plumbing lines will be installed. A new parking area will be completed in a fenced area in front of the College of Sciences, and the current parking spaces will be removed to make way for the ARC.

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