The 21st Century Library project includes many improvements and upgrades to current library amenities and features. These improvements include:
During the current phase of the 21st Century Library project, elevators will be replaced and refurbished. The bank of three elevators, near the Exhibit Wall and Mezzanine stairway on the 2nd (main) floor, are being replaced, beginning in summer 2017. Elevators 3 and 4 are closed as work progresses. They are expected to be completed in early fall semester 2017. When they become operational, work will begin on elevator 5.
Once the bank of three elevators has been completed, work will begin on the bank of two elevators, 1 and 2.
Work on all of the stairwells in the library has been progressing during summer 2017. Stairwells closed for work, one at a time, throughout the summer. The stairwells will be completed for the start of classes, August 2017.
To bring the stairwells up to the current safety standards, the railings are being 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 are being renovated during spring and summer 2017. Restrooms on 4th and 3rd floors have been upgraded, while work continues on restrooms on 2nd and 1st. During the construction, no one can enter those restrooms (2nd and 1st). It is expected that they will be completed close to the start of fall semester.
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.