21st Century Library

Welcome to the John C. Hitt Library, home to the UCF 21st Century Library Project. The building, originally constructed in 1968, is currently being substantially updated and repurposed to create a unified center for learning, scholarly research, and engagement.

The 21st Century Library is designed around the students’ needs. It blends traditional library spaces with innovative design to provide improved and faster access to library resources, access to technology and technology assistance, areas for collaborative and individual study, and a welcoming, engaging, and inspiring environment for the UCF community.

The project is being developed in multiple phases. Phase IA is now completed, which connects the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) with the existing library building. The “Connector” contains a new primary entrance, increased seating capacity, additional computer work stations and more.

Discover the 21st Century Library Project by visiting these phased improvement pages.

Next Phase

The next phase of the project is Phase IIA. This phase entails emptying out the third floor and renovating the space with the aesthetic and functional design found in Phase IA.

View more details on Phase IIA


Third Floor Closed

Third Floor CLOSING

Beginning Wednesday, May 5, the third floor, including its study rooms, will be closed to the public. Study rooms on the fourth and first floor will remain open and can be reserved by visiting library.ucf.edu/studyrooms or stopping by the Circulation Desk in the John C. Hitt Library.

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Temporary 3rd Floor Closure at the John C. Hitt

The 3rd floor of the John C. Hitt Library will be closed between Tuesday, January 19 – Saturday, January 21, 2021. This temporary closure is part of the preparation for the upcoming renovations to the 3rd floor spaces which will begin later this year. Stairwells and elevators will be marked with signs and caution tape […]

Phase IA Progress

The Phase IA expansion of the John C. Hitt Library is nearing completion. We wanted to share with you some photos of the new space and furniture. More progress photos and posts will come soon. Learn more about the 21st Century Library Project

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1st Floor Closed August 5 – August 26

The 1st Floor will be closed Monday, August 5 to Sunday, August 26.  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.  Assistance with Government Documents can be requested at […]

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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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What is included in the 21st Century Library Project?
  • Approximately 3,500 public seats in various configurations for individual and group study.
  • A graduate student commons (part of the third floor renovation) with space for individual and collaborative study, research, and writing.
  • Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) with eventual capacity to hold 1.25 million volumes. (completed)
  • Open-access stacks with the capacity for approximately 100,000 volumes.
  • New main entrance facing the Student Union. (completed)
  • A new circulation desk at the north plaza entrance. (completed)
  • The fourth floor Reading Room atop the Automated Retrieval Center. (completed)
  • The Gallery for special collections and exhibits. (completed)
  • An expanded special collections and university archives center with climate controlled “stacks.”
  • Academic partner space for SARC and the Writing Center.
  • A 24/5 study area with a separate external entrance for late night hours.
  • Digital commons to house specialty software on dedicated desktop PCs.
  • Additional desktop PC workstations.
  • Additional group study rooms.
  • Updated restrooms and elevators. (completed)
How many phases are in the project?
  • Phase I – The Automated Retrieval Center (completed)
  • Phase IA – The Connector addition (completed)
  • Phase IB – The Plaza entrance and landscaping (completed)
  • Phase IIA – Third Floor Renovation (begins January 2022)
  • Future Phases – Renovations of the second, first, fourth, and fifth floors in separate phases.
When will Phase IIA be completed?

Phase IIA, the renovation of the third floor, will start spring semester 2022 and is estimated to be complete in spring/summer 2023.

When will the entire 21st Century Library Project be completed?

Renovating each floor will take approximately 18 months to complete. The exact finish date for the project will be influenced by the speed of construction and the availability of funding.

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 funds which are paid as part of semester tuition.

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 during phases of work. Access to some areas of the library may be restricted at times as the work proceeds, and alternative locations will be provided for services and study.

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