Answers to your questions about the
The renovation of Robert B. House Undergraduate Library is one of the first
projects on the Chapel Hill campus supported by the Higher Education Bond Issue
of November 2000. The goal is to create a state-of-the-art library that will serve
Carolina's students now and decades from now. We hope the following will answer
some questions you may have. If you have other questions, please contact us at
- Why does the Undergraduate Library need
- When it opened in 1968 the House Undergraduate Library was a state-of-the-art library for the print age with collections, services, and spaces designed for the way undergraduate students used the library in that era. In thirty years, the House Undergraduate Library became hopelessly outdated. The need for technological improvements, increased comfort, and improved study spaces became critical. The renovation will:
- provide a safe and comfortable 24-hour academic support
center for study, research, and computing;
- offer a variety of facilities and workshops relating to research methods, electronic information, and the Internet;
- provide space and opportunity for faculty and students to collaborate on the newest techniques for teaching and learning;
- house ATN user services in one convenient location;
- serve as a state and national model for delivering
information services to 21st century students and help sustain
our status as the best academic library in the Southeast.
- When will the renovation start? How long will it
- The Undergraduate Library closed December 19, 2000. Construction began in April, 2001, and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2002. After construction is completed, furniture, equipment, shelving, and collections will be installed. The building should be ready for use by students for the fall semester, 2002.
- Where are Undergraduate Library services and collections while the building is being renovated?
- In several different locations. See the table showing the locations of UL services and collections in Davis and Wilson Libraries.
- While the Undergrad is closed is Davis Library open 24 hours?
- Yes, Davis Library is open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday during the fall, 2001, and spring, 2002 semesters.
- How can I keep up with the renovation schedule?
- Information will be posted on this Web site. Schedule
updates also will be available on information boards and handouts
available in Davis Library.
- What will be different about the building after renovation?
- The floor plan will be completely different with...
- A Reserve Reading Room.
- 9 Group Study Rooms.
- Over 100 public computer stations.
- A large Computer Lab with about 65 computers.
- A new Media Resources Center to replace Nonprint, with new equipment and services.
- New equipment and software to offer advanced services to students working on web pages, and other digital applications.
- ATN email and computer and laptop support.
- Film and video screening rooms for classes with up to 45 students.
- A completely new heating and ventilation system to keep each room in the building at optimum temperature and humidity.
- A centrally located elevator.
- New furniture and carpeting.
- Wired and wireless connections to the Internet throughout the building.
- What will not be different about the building after renovation?
- The House Undergraduate Library will have the same...
- 24 hour service.
- Friendly staff.
- Book and media collections selected with the needs of undergraduates in mind.