John C. Hitt Library

Circular lighting fixtures hang above purple carpet in a study room filled with large windows.
The fourth floor reading room, located on top of the ARC offers a great vantage point overlooking the Student Union and expanded outdoor plaza.
The Automated Retrieval Center (ARC), which opened in 2018, will be capable of holding up to 1.25 million volumes of the library’s print collection, placed in bins inside racks three stories high, with retrieval by robotic cranes. Currently there are about 550,000 volumes in the ARC. Placing the volumes in the ARC opens up more “stack” space to create areas for students to study and work together.
The first floor will feature two new instruction rooms — including an active learning classroom that features a collaborative, technology-rich learning environment. And in response to student requests for more individual and group study spaces. Students will be able to reserve times via the library website and on-location reservation devices.
Yellow staircases near large windows.
The designers made the stairwells more visible and open to increase use and safety.