News & Blog

Category: All Libraries

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

Celebrate UCF Libraries Welcome to Our Associate Dean of Academic Engagement Tom Caswell

Welcome to UCF Libraries, Tom Caswell!

UCF Libraries is excited to announce the new Associate Dean of Academic Engagement, Tom Caswell!

Mr. Caswell received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Florida and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Since 2016, he has been the Associate Dean for public services at the University of North Florida, where he helped nurture public service areas through the uncertainties of the pandemic. He supported student and faculty research by serving on the UNF Research Council, Graduate School Council, the Undergraduate Research Advisory Council, and the Textbook Affordability Initiative. Mr. Caswell also supported diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education through membership in the UNF DEI College Collaborators, serving as the library liaison to the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and mentoring students as part of the Intercultural Center’s Connections Student Mentoring Program.

In addition at UNF, he facilitated the creation of two new faculty lines (Virtual Learning Librarian and STEM Online Learning Librarian) and reimagined five staff lines to support shifts in user needs while overseeing a robust research and instruction program that is responsive to the curricular needs of five distinct colleges comprised of over 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

Prior to UNF and over a period of 27 years, Mr. Caswell served in a variety of roles at the University of Florida, including several leadership positions, and culminating as Assistant Head Librarian, Architecture and Fine Arts Library.

Mr. Caswell has published and presented on library public services broadly and art librarianship specifically, with an overarching theme throughout of creativity and innovation in academic engagement. Mr. Caswell also has received two NEH grants to digitize the history and culture of our nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida.

When asked about what he anticipates most in his new position at UCF Libraries, he responded: “I’m excited to be joining a very dynamic team that is fully engaged in connecting users physically and virtually across library resources, services, and spaces.”

Congratulations, Tom, and welcome to the UCF Libraries family!

EndNote Update Banner

EndNote Update

Effective February 28, 2023, UCF Libraries’ subscription to EndNote Desktop will end. While the desktop version licensed through UCF will no longer be accessible, there are a variety of options for those who wish to continue using EndNote. This includes using EndNote Online through the Libraries subscription to Web of Science or creating a free account through EndNote Basic. Individuals may also purchase their own license of the desktop version for personal use. Those who have already purchased the desktop version through a personal, individual license can continue to use it beyond the February 2023 date.  


Back to Top