The 21st Century Library project includes many improvements and upgrades to current library amenities and features. These improvements include:
During the 1st phase of the 21st Century Library project, elevators were replaced and refurbished. The bank of three elevators, near the Exhibit Wall and Mezzanine stairway on the 2nd (main) floor, were replaced, in summer 2017. All Elevators were completed in early fall semester 2017.
Work on all of the stairwells in the library occurred during summer 2017. Stairwells closed for work, one at a time, throughout the summer. The stairwells were completed for the start of classes, August 2017.
To bring the stairwells up to the current safety standards, the railings were replaced as well as the floor covering on the steps. The well-worn carpeting has been taken up and replaced by a hard surface covering. Walls in the stairwells have been painted for a brighter look.
Restrooms on the “back” (Student Union side) of the John C. Hitt Library were renovated during spring and summer 2017.
The work is designed to make these restrooms accessible to all UCF students, as well as to freshen the look of the rooms, which were installed in 1983-84. New floor tile, stalls, sinks, toilets, faucets, mirrors, and a fresh coat of paint are all part of this upgrade.
While the upgraded restrooms will remain in the same location when the 21st Century Library project is complete, plans for future phases call for rest rooms in the “front” of the building (the Reflecting Pond side) to be relocated. So those restrooms (5th, 4th, 3rd, 2M) will not undergo renovation in the near future.