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 is the construction of the “Connector” building, which connects the ARC to the existing library building. The Connector includes 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.