21st Century Library


The 21st Century Library project includes many improvements and upgrades to current library amenities and features.

Now completed, and in use:

5th Floor Quiet Study Zone

Opened to students to study for finals in April, 2018.  This area was planned to answer the requests of countless students who wished for complete silence as they read, studied, completed research assignments or wrote papers.  A few details remained to be finished, but that did not impede the use of the area by students during summer 2018.  413 students participated in furniture testing that determined which pieces have been installed.

New electrical outlets

91 electrical outlets were installed on 2nd (main) floor, 3rd, and 4th floors during summer 2017.

Safety features:  Sprinklering and stairwell upgrades

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. 

The building sprinkler system was also updated and brought up to code.


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.

Rest Rooms in the 1984 addition

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.

Automated Retrieval Center (ARC)

The Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) structure has been completed, and three aisles of 3 story high bins and robotic arms have been installed. Two more aisles and arms remain to be installed in a later phase.  At this time books are being ingested into the ARC to clear the way for the demolition of the “back” (Student Union side) walls on each floor and construction taking place in Phase 1A.

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