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Ask A Librarian Featured Question: May 2021

“What does it mean when an item comes up as being in the Location: UCF ARC MAIN General Collection or UCF ARC MAIN Media?”

ARC stands for Automated Retrieval Center.  It is the building behind the Circulation desk and has bins three stories high that contains a large number of the library’s print collection and all DVDs.  When a request is placed on an item in the ARC Circulation staff will retrieve items and hold them at the desk for check out. 

In the catalog click under the item information you will see a link:  Place a Hold

Click on the link and log in with your NID and password. Near the bottom of the screen click on the button to Place Request.  You will be emailed by Circulation when your item(s) are ready for check out.

This process usually takes an hour or less.

For more information, take a look at our ARC page: library.ucf.edu/21st/arc/

Or take a look at the ARC in action through the windows on the 3rd floor or in the video below.

ARC Interior Row

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.

21st Century Library Concept banner

Information on the 21st Century Library project

Site preparation is underway for construction on the Student Union side of the John C. Hitt Library. A webpage, 21st Century Library, is now available with more information. News, information about the Automated Retrieval Center, a site plan, and some Frequently Asked Questions are included.
Visit http://library.ucf.edu/21st/ now and then to stay informed on UCF’s 21st Century Library project.

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