21st Century Library

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The bold transformation of the John C. Hitt Library is underway.  Phase 1 of the 21st Century Library Project has been completed, and work has begun on Phase 1A.

In fall, 1968, the first building on the UCF main campus, the library, opened to students, housing offices, classrooms, and even the university bookstore as well as the library.  In 1984, the building doubled in size to accommodate the expected future growth of the enrollment of 15,000.

The 21st Century Library has been designed and planned to support more than the explosive growth in enrollment since that time.  New learning and discovery technologies, collaborative and individual research and study, collections in a variety of formats with the breadth and depth to support new and expanding programs will be available to students and faculty in a welcoming, engaging and inspiring environment.

Phase 1 included construction of the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC), which will have a capacity of 1.25 million volumes, and will quickly supply students with requested titles.  It is the first of its kind in Florida.  Phase 1 also marked the completion of the 5th floor Quiet Study Zone, an area focused on the research, study, writing and coursework of individuals.

Phase1A will mark the construction of the “Connector” building, which will connect the ARC to the existing library building.  The Connector will include a new entrance to the library, near the Student Union, new library instruction classrooms, a multipurpose room, and additional space for students.

Future phases of the 21st Century Library project will include space for graduate students, a digital commons, and a complete renovation of the existing library buildings.

Use these pages to stay current and share the excitement in a new chapter for UCF’s iconic first building.  Check this page for updates.  Share your ideas and comments with us as we move into the future.

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UCF Libraries Automated Retrieval Center

We are happy to share this video as an introduction to the new John C. Hitt Library Automated Retrieval Center. This video showcases what the ARC is, how it operates, and how patrons will be able to request books from it. View more information

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1st Floor Closure During Spring Break

During Spring Break, Monday March 11 to Sunday, March 17, the 1st floor (lowest level) of the John C. Hitt Library will be closed for work related to construction of the 21st Century Library project.  2nd (main), 3rd, 4th and 5th floors will remain open.  To retrieve a book from the 1st floor, click on […]

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1st Floor Now Open!

The John C. Hitt Library is happy to announce that the 1st Floor is now re-opened! We had to close the 1st Floor late this summer to allow our crew the ability to clear out several stacks of books and re-arrange other parts of the collection. The construction crew also erected a temporary wall to […]

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Closure and noise alert–2nd floor closure; 4th floor noise

The back of the main (2nd) floor Knowledge Commons will be closed beginning Monday, October 29, to prepare for construction of a temporary wall.  The exterior wall, on the Student Union side, will be eventually be demolished as the “connector” is built.  The connector building will join the existing building with the Automated Retrieval Center […]

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When will Phase 1 be completed?

Phase 1 ended in July 2018. The 5th Floor Quiet Study Zone, the Automated Retrieval Center building, updated restrooms in the 1984 building, new elevators, and sprinklering of the entire building have been completed.

When will the entire project be completed?

Phase 1A began in August 2018.  1A is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019.

A timeline for future phases of planning and work is not yet available. The entire project may take five years.

How is the 21st Century Library project being funded?

The 21st Century Library is being funded by the Capital Improvement Trust Fund (CITF). The Capital Improvement Trust Fund receives fees from students, which are paid as part of tuition.

What is included in future phases of the project?

When completed, the 21st Century Library will include:

  • A new main entrance, Student Union side
  • 3,264 seats in varied types for individual and group study
  • Reading room atop the Automated Retrieval Center
  • Digital commons
  • An area for graduate students with space for individual and collaborative study, research, and writing
  • Expanded special collections and exhibits area
  • Open-access stacks with the capacity for 300,000 volumes

Will part or all of the Library close during any Phase?

Library services and resources will remain available throughout the project. Space will be available for study and research in the John C. Hitt Library during all phases of work. Access to some areas of the Library will be restricted at times as the work proceeds, but alternative locations in the library for services and individual and collaborative work will be made available.

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