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Diamond’s Hidden Gems – Textbook Affordability

Welcome to the second installment of Diamond’s Hidden Gems, a blog series in which I introduce you to the University of Central Florida’s library services that you may not have known about!

The cost of textbooks and course materials is a significant but often overlooked barrier to affording a degree. Being able to afford your textbook could be the difference between dropping a course and taking as many as possible. UCF’s Textbook Affordability Initiative is designed to minimize the cost of course materials for students while maintaining quality and respecting academic freedom.

There’s just one problem: few of us even know this program exists. Below, I give you everything you need to know to find out what free textbooks are available to you!

Continuing on our streak of making college materials cheaper and easier to access, the textbook affordability initiative helps students gain access to both hard-copy materials and eTextbooks. Using this program, you can often save yourself the effort of hunting down high-priced materials.

Simply fill out known information in the eTextbook portal or a one-page request, and you’ve increased your chances of gaining free and legal access to your course’s required material.

I had the opportunity to speak to Lily Dubach, UCF’s Textbook Affordability Librarian, and she shared with me a few pointers that make selecting classes to enroll in much easier. You can use this method to identify whether your course has a costly required material before you’ve even enrolled!

If you’d like to know how to do this, and check out my step-by-step guide that shows you exactly how to locate or request the materials you need!

Black and yellow rectangle with text reading Get to know your library

Get to Know Your Library!

Second Floor

This is the main floor of the Hitt Library. Users can enter and exit the library either from the side facing the fountain or from the side facing the student union.

Service Desks

There are three public service desks on this floor.

Circulation Desk is located by the student union entrance and is where you will go to check out books, course reserves, and study room keys. Search our catalog for any books you might need here.

LibTech Desk is located by the fountain side entrance and is where you will go to check out and return tech items such as laptops, calculators, cameras, charging cords,etc. You can browse the items available here

Research and Information Desk is located in the middle of the floor and is where you can meet with a librarian to ask research questions. Nothing beats in person help, but our research guides can be a great starting point for your project.


There are 2 locations; note the restrooms nearest the Circulation Desk have baby changing stations. The other set of restrooms are up the small set of stairs next to the Knight Reads bookcase in the café. Or you can take the set of three elevators along the brick wall.


From the browsing books in the Knight Reads section near the café to the New Books shelf by the Circulation Desk, you’ll find plenty of fiction and nonfiction to enjoy.

The reference collection of books is also located on this floor. These books are for in library use only and can not be checked out.

Print Stations

Visit the print zone to print items from one of the library computers or from your laptop. You can also scan or make copies. You can add money to your account using one of the kiosks and your UCF ID card. Or by purchasing a guest card if you are not affiliated with UCF. More information on printing available here

Photograph of a grey art wall at an angle with paintings filling it up. Closes painting is of a lush green landscape.


Enjoy the latest exhibit on the seventy foot art wall as well as several exhibit cases. Currently a Lunar New Year exhibit is on display until the end of January but visit often to see all of our exhibits throughout the year.  


Take a break with a cup of coffee or a pastry at the Infusion Cafe and don’t forget a fun read from our Knights Read bookcase conveniently located adjacent to all your caffeinated beverages. Maybe you’ll spot Professor Pegasus on your next visit.

Photograph of a suave gentleprofessor wearing a white horse head mask while drinking a coffee in the Infusion Cafe of the Hitt Library


Enjoy ample group and single study seating throughout the floor as well as lots of outlets to keep your devices charged.


If you have a library instruction session or attend a library event, it might be in one of the rooms on this floor. Rooms 223, 235A, and 235C serve as locations for various library events and workshops.


Interlibrary Loan offices are also located on this floor. Please be sure to wait until you receive an email confirmation that your item is ready before coming to campus to pick it up as well as information on where in the library to get it. More information about Interlibrary Loan can be found here

That’s it for this week. Join us next week for another look at your library!

Diamond's Hidden Gems

Diamond’s Hidden Gems – Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services

Hello, everyone! My name is Diamond Williams; I am a second- year double- majoring in Criminal Justice and Writing & Rhetoric. Welcome to the first installment of Diamond’s Hidden Gems, a blog series in which I introduce you to the University of Central Florida’s library services that you may not have known about!

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services (ILL/DDS)

If you’ve attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) for long, chances are you’ve heard someone mention “ILL” or “loan services” in passing. From professors to library staff themselves, the ILL department is incredibly popular, but remains an under-utilized resource for students! Below, I give you a simplified run-down of the ILL department and the service you should be making use of before you graduate.

There is nothing more terrifying than being asked to locate full PDFs of research articles or primary sources for a class assignment. Maybe you’re the type of person who spends hours scouring the internet for a free version of a journal issue or book chapter. Maybe you look for sites you could purchase from. If either of these things sounds familiar, you can end this needless and costly search by making use of UCF’s ILL services.

The ILL department processes virtual requests for materials from other libraries and our own in-house collection.

This means you* can request and receive free books, articles & more with just a few clicks of your mouse!

*If you are a UCF retiree, a currently enrolled student, staff, or faculty member.

ILL services save you time, energy, and money by doing all the hard work for you.

By filling out a one-page request (a step you can skip by finding the material on the UCF library website first), you’ve avoided all the hassle of finding ineffective versions of the document you need.

I created a step-by-step guide that shows you exactly how to request, track, and view the materials you need!

If you want to contact the office for inquiries, call 407-823-2383 or email

Black and yellow rectangle with text reading Get to know your library

Get to Know Your Library!

Join us each week this semester to learn about your library. First up we will detail which services and resources are available on each floor of the John C Hitt Library located on the Orlando campus, starting with the first floor.

First Floor

The first floor is partially underground so there are no public exits and one must go upstairs to the second floor to enter or exit the building. Most of the first floor has been recently refurbished and houses many collections and resources. For an online map of this floor, visit


Our United State Government, Patents, Trademarks, and Florida State documents are located here as well as microfiche. We have quite the variety of colorful items in this collection such as this guide to the Grand Canyon.


We have SO many large maps and atlases to browse through. Also check out the last wooden card catalog still in use in the library. It houses the same information about our older documents collection as our online catalog has but on cute little paper cards.  

Instruction Rooms

If your class has a library instruction session, it is likely to be in one of these rooms. Instructors should visit our faculty services page to schedule a library instruction session.

Study Rooms

There are group study rooms available for reservation on the first floor. To reserve a study room, please visit

Photo of a classroom featuring blue and green plastic chairs at computer tables.
Colorful painting of a woman with dark hair and an orange dress across a two page spread in a book.


So many giant books with gorgeous art prints, photographs of space, along with many other interesting finds.


Recordings of audio books, music, and comedy shows are available and perfect for upcoming road trips.


Topographical Map of the US – A lovely 3d map of the United States can be found near the older elevators for this floor.

Women of NASA – Several women from NASA are highlighted in a small collection showcased on the cabinets in the documents section.

Documents Exhibit Cases – There is a small exhibit area near the middle of the floor that features various government document materials.

Book Jackets – Got a collage project coming up? Check out our FREE collection of colorful book jackets for anyone to freely take and use for their art or just trim and frame for some free wall art in your dorm!

Illustration of a rocket next to Mary Jackson, NASA engineer.
Photo of blue bench seats with outlets on the sides of the seats and a brown table inbtween the seats.

Seating and Outlets

Lots of seating and outlets available to study with your friends and keep your devices charging while you work. Variety of configurations of tables and chairs to accomodate both single and group study.

Service Desks

There are no public service desks on this floor. If you need any assistance, the second floor has multiple help points available including the Circulation Desk, LibTech Desk, and the Research and Information Desk. Or you can contact us via chat, phone, or text on our Ask a Librarian service at


Restrooms are located near the newer section by the study rooms.

Join us next week when we cover what you will find on the second floor of the Hitt Library!

Homecoming 2022 UCF Libraries Playlist. Background image from Spirit Splash

Homecoming 2022 Playlist

“We will…we will…rock you!” Homecoming 2022 is here Knights! Charge On!

Libraries faculty and staff suggested their favorite Homecoming related songs for the Knight community to enjoy. Check out our A side with the top picks, but don’t forget about the B side filled with the songs we just couldn’t skip. Links for Spotify and Apple listening options below.

A Side

  • “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic
    • Because the Bounce House is where the party’s atMegan
  • “Jump Around” by House of Pain
  • “Sweet Victory” by David Eisley and Bob Kulick
    • This song is perfect for football halftime shows. It’s about striving for victory, is a 80s style power ballad, goofy, and just really fun. – Athena
  • “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” by En Vogue
    • First En Vogue song I fell in love with back when I started college in ’92
  • “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled
  • “Ave Satani” by Jerry Goldsmith
  • “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel
    • Beau
  • “Moments to Remember” by The Four Lads
    • Recorded in four different decades and just gets better with time. It will never be “dated.”
  • “Homeward Bound” by Simon & Garfunkel
    • It’s S & G!
    • Because Simon & Garfunkel deserve to be on a playlist. – Beau
  • “Moondance” by Van Morrison
    • Martha
  • “Tonight, Tonight” by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • “When Doves Cry” by Prince
    • Purple Rain soundtrack, purple was everywhere
  • “I Want to Rock” by Twister Sister
  • “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly and the Family Stone
    • it rocks
  • “Come Sail Away” by Styx
  • “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly & Maze
  • “Hook” by Blues Traveler
    • way back in time they played a Homecoming game at the Citrus bowl. The concert started right after the game on the field
  • “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
  • “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli
    • I always love it when student “discover” classics
  • “UCF Fight Song” by UCF Marching Knights
    • UCF Fight song always gets the crowd going
  • “Crank That” by Soulja Boy
    • This was the hot song during UCF’s first year in the Bounce House. Played a lot when we played Texas
  • “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson
  • “Sara Smile” by Hall & Oates
    • I will always remember this song because it was playing when we walked into the homecoming dance in 1977. – Parri
  • “How Lucky” by Kurt Vile and John Prime
    • A homecoming, of sorts. – Robin
  • “Don’t Call Me” by SHINee

B Side

  • “Keep This Party Bouncin'” by L.A. Ganz
    • Great party song from an amazing soundtrack (The Long Kiss Goodnight)
  • “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite
    • When I started college way back in ’92 this song was so upbeat and fun! I still love it!
  • “We Will Rock You” by Queen
  • “Salem’s Secret” by Peter Gundry
  • “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles
    • Hoosier (!) Hoagy Carmichael’s greatest song.Beau
  • “We Are The Champions” by Queen
  • “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevvon
    • It’s a great song.
  • “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
    • Martha
  • “In Bloom” by Nirvana
  • “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel
    • Remember the video vividly
  • “Burn the House Down” by AJR
  • “Pirate Looks at 40” by Jimmy Buffett
  • “Zombie Nation” by Kernkraft 400
    • This has song gave the bounce to The Bounce House
  • “Party Rock Anthem” by LMAFO
  • “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes
    • It’s Jack White, nothing else needed
  • “Cha Cha Slide Part 2” by Mr. C The Slide Man
    • I cannot dance so i love the instructions
  • “UCF Chant” by UCF Marching Knights
  • “Night Fever” by Bee Gees
    • Just a great dance song from homecoming 1978. – Parri
  • “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” by The Decemberists
    • An epic tale of revenge that’s also a story of a homecoming, of sorts. – Robin

Beau’s Bonus Tracks

  • “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” by Dinah Shore
  • “Euthanasia” by Nick Cave
    • An altogether different kind of homecoming
  • “St. Cloud” by Waxahatchee
    •  A metaphorical journey home (to Florida).
  • “Two of Us” by The Beatles
    • IMO, the greatest Beatles album.
  • “Miles from Nowhere” by Cat Stevens
    • Sometimes going home is a lifelong journey.
  • “Home at Last” by Steely Dan
    • Any day can be made better with Steely Dan’s groove. 
  • “Runaway” by Aurora
  • “Take the Long Way Home” by Supertramp
  • “Hello Earth” by Kate Bush
    • Thankfully, she’s been remembered as of late. Here’s another of her wonderful songs.
  • “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac
    • Has nothing to do with homecoming, but features a marching band!
  • “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie
  • “Rollin Home Alone” by Jason Lyle
    • Sometimes you can’t go home

Spotify direct link: UCF Libraries Homecoming 2022 playlist

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