21st Century Library

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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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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Closure alert 3rd Floor

Beginning Tuesday, October 23rd, the back section (Student Union side) of the 3rd floor will be closed, to move furniture and computers.  This will clear space, preparing for the construction of a temporary wall, to prepare for the connection of the current library building with the ARC (Automated Retrieval Center).  Earplugs are available upon request […]

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Noise Alert

Beginning Monday, October 15, expect excessive noise from the Student Union side of the building.  Vibrating, drilling  and heavy machinery noise will be heard intermittently throughout the John C. Hitt Library building.  Drilling will continue into the beginning of November.  Earplugs are available upon request at the Circulation Desk on the main floor.

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Noise alert: Pardon our duck!

Intermittent noise will continue in the John C. Hitt Library, but a new source of noise is just starting.   From now until the start of October, Monday through Friday, between 5:00 p.m. and closing, bricks will be “popped off” the back of the library building (“Student Union side”). It may be noisy with drilling and […]

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21st Century Library concept exterior
21st Century Library concept circulation desk
21st Century Library concept reading room


UCF ARC logistics plan


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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