21st Century Library

Automated Retrieval Center (ARC)

About the ARC

An exciting element in the initial phase of the 21st Century Library plan is construction of an Automated Retrieval Center, or ARC.

Construction of the four-story ARC building is taking place on the north (Student Union) side of the library building. The ARC will contain 1.25 million volumes of the library’s print collection, placed in bins three stories high, for retrieval by robotic cranes. Books can be requested with the click of a button on the computer screen. Each volume will be available for pickup in minutes.

  • Eventual capacity for 1.25 million print volumes
  • 5 robotic arms will retrieve bins that contain approximately 100 books
  • 6,942 bins in the first phase of implementation.
  • Bins will be stacked 36 high in specially made steel racks
  • First phase of ARC completion expected in early 2018
  • Transferring books into the ARC will free up space for up to 1,600 additional user seats

In the next phase of the 21st Century Library project, a building connecting the ARC to the existing library building will be completed. The fourth floor of the ARC building will house a beautiful new space for students, a reading room surrounded by windows, overlooking the plaza in front of the Student Union.

Many libraries worldwide, including over twenty in the United States, have installed retrieval centers, including University of Chicago, North Carolina State University, University of Missouri Kansas City, and Georgia Southern University.

John C. Hitt Library ARC in Action

Requesting Materials

UCF Students, Faculty, and Staff

UCF Students, Faculty, and Staff can request materials located in the ARC through the catalog. Simply click the “Request” button, login with your NID, and click “Place Request” at the bottom of the page.

UCF Students, Faculty, and Staff who wish to request an item from the ARC and have it delivered to a UCF branch or UCF Connect Library must place an Interlibrary Loan request for the item.

You will be notified through your UCF email when the item is ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

Special Borrowers

Patrons with Special Borrowers Cards or with purchased Community Cards must first login to our catalog before they’re able to request ARC books.

Complete the Courtesy Login using the barcode number on the back or your library card and your 4 digit pin code. The Courtesy Login can be found by clicking the My Account link on our homepage and navigating to the Alternate Login page.

After logging in, click the “Request” button next to the desired item in the catalog. Click “Place Request” at the bottom of the next page. You will be notified through email when the item is ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

More information about purchasing a community card or obtaining a special borrowers card can be found on our library card policy page.

Visitors & Community

Visitors and members of the community without library cards, but who wish to view an item stored in the ARC, can fill out an ARC Request Form to have books pulled for them.

You will be notified by phone or email when your requested materials have been pulled. They may be viewed and used for free while in the library. Materials can be returned to the Circulation Desk.

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