Category: 21st Century Library

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Noise Alert

Beginning Monday, October 15, expect excessive noise from the Student Union side of the building.  Vibrating, drilling  and heavy machinery noise will be heard intermittently throughout the John C. Hitt Library building.  Drilling will continue into the beginning of November.  Earplugs are available upon request at the Circulation Desk on the main floor.

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Noise alert: Pardon our duck!

Intermittent noise will continue in the John C. Hitt Library, but a new source of noise is just starting.   From now until the start of October, Monday through Friday, between 5:00 p.m. and closing, bricks will be “popped off” the back of the library building (“Student Union side”). It may be noisy with drilling and banging or popping sounds as bricks come off.

The contractors doing the work will be suspended from a basket attached to a boom to do the brick removal above the sloped windows.

The ingest of books into the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) will continue, with carts of books traveling to the ARC on the 2nd (main) floor.

Thank you for your patience!  Ear plugs are available at the Circulation Desk.

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Quiet Study Zone Ribbon-Cutting, 9.00 a.m., Friday 8/24

Join Dr. Joel Hartman,Vice President, Information Technologies and Resources, Dr. Maribeth Ehasz, Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services, and Josh Bolona, Student Body President, for a short Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, at 9.00 a.m., Friday, August 24, at the main entrance to the Quiet Study Zone on the 5th Floor.

Quiet Study will be closed on Friday morning until the Ribbon-Cutting, so please use the South Stairs and the “bank of three” elevators to come to the Zone’s double glass doors for the ceremony. There may be a surprise for attendees!

The John C. Hitt Library’s 5th Floor Quiet Study Zone had a “soft” opening in April to accommodate students during final spring semester exams, although the space was not quite completed. The Zone answers the requests, comments, and suggestions of UCF students.

This will be the first of a number of benchmarks as the University Libraries moves forward on the 21st Century Library project.

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The ARC in Action

Our robotic arms in the new Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) at the John C. Hitt Library are in the final stages of testing before they become fully operational. Once testing is complete, we will begin transferring UCF’s collection of books from the John C. Hitt Library into the ARC.

When the 21st Century Library project is complete, 1.25 million volumes will be contained in the ARC. About 300,000 volumes will remain on open stacks for browsing. Virtual browsing will be made available.

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