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  • February 01, 2013

    From left to right – Sarah Watstein, University Librarian, Randall Library, John Osinski, E-Learning Services Librarian, Professor Yoko Kano, Director of the Foreign Language Resource Center, UNCW.We are pleased to announce the donation of 79 books through a recent grant from the Nippon Foundation!

    "Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan 2012," is part of the Nippon Foundation Book Project.  

    Randall Library is grateful to the Nippon Foundation and to Professor Yoko Kano, Director of the  UNCW Foreign Language Resource Center (FLRC) for her participation in the grant request.

    For more information about the FLRC, click here

    For more information about the Nippon Foundation, click here



    {From left to right – Sarah Watstein, University Librarian, Randall Library, John Osinski, E-Learning Services Librarian,

    Professor Yoko Kano, Director of the Foreign Language Resource Center, UNCW.}

  • January 30, 2013

    The Big Read has come to Wilmington!

    This year's book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and a new exhibit at our entrance takes a closer look at The Jazz Age as it features in our general collection.

    In addition to the exhibit, Randall Library is also co-sponsoring several events. Please visit the links below for more information, including times, location and descriptions.

    The exhibit and these programs are part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For more information, and a calendar of other events, please visit The Big Read Greater Wilmington.

  • January 28, 2013

    You asked and we listened!

    Thanks to the support of the Student Government Association and special funding from Academic Affairs, Randall Library is pleased to announce the installation of more outlets on the first and second floors!

    Randall Library was last expanded 26 years ago, in 1986, before the rise of personal electronic devices and enrollment has tripled since that time. UNCW students consistently remark that there are not enough electrical outlets in Randall Library. Our students are device dependent; e-readers, laptops, mobile phones, etc.  These devices are a core part of our students' learning experience.  

    In an effort to improve our facility and bring more power to students, the following work will be performed by December 6, in time for final exams:

    » 4 power poles installed on the first floor near Featured Books / Periodicals / Audio Books will provide power to 20 private or collaborative workstations.

    » 3 floor outlets installed in the Main Gallery will provide power to three collaborative workstations.

    » Upwards of 200 single-plug outlets installed on the second floor to provide power to all private study workstations around both atriums.

    Tell us what you think by leaving comments below.




  • January 22, 2013

    Coming Soon!

    We want to start talking about the "Library of the Future" and a new exhibit in our Sherman Hayes Gallery will kick-off the conversation with a look at innovative trends that are happening right now in libraries around the world.  Inspirational Spaces: 21st Century Academic Libraries will illustrate the latest in library architecture, furniture, technology, and more.  

    A section of the exhibit will be interactive: a spot where students, staff, and faculty can draw or suggest their ideas of what an academic library should be.  Here is your chance to imagine that a space in the library could be exactly as you want it; a place that meets your needs and encourages you to maximize your academic opportunities.  

    A twitter stream will also be be displayed so we can keep the conversation current: #futureofrandall @uncw_library

    Lectures, panel discussions, focus groups, and other events throughout the semester will facilitate dialogue about the Library of the Future.  Check back here for details.

    Look for the display in the beginning of February and join the conversation.  It's your library!



  • January 17, 2013

    Michael A. Papadeas of Kure Beach donated more than 100 Hellenic books to Randall Library. The books are a gift to Randall Library Special Collections. "These books are in such good condition," University Librarian Sarah Barabara Watstein said. "This donation shows that Mr. Papadeas recognizes the care and attention that the books will continue to receive from the Special Collections staff at Randall Library."

    A retired engineer and businessman, Mr. Papadeas collected the books over a 50-year period. The collection covers Greek history, culture and literature beginning in antiquity. Most are written in classical Greek; in Katharevousa, the conservative or "High" form of modern Greek; or in the demotic Greek spoken by most Greeks today. About 30 percent of the volumes are in English.

    Mr. Papadeas said he was inspired to make the gift after attending a 2011 lecture at Randall Library by Nicholas Gage, the Greek-American author of the best-selling "Eleni." Gage's appearance was sponsored by the Cape Fear chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a Greek-American group.

    Mr. Papadeas holds a U.S. patent related to the testing of telephone channel filters, and he is the author of several technical papers and a business program management guide. He is also a published poet. His memoir  "Coming to America: A Memoir, 1938-1958” will be printed for distribution in early 2013.

    Sources:  The Seahawk, UNCW's student newspaper, Wilmington Star-News, 1/13/2013 and UNCW news release, 1/9/2013

  • January 14, 2013


    July is Cape Fear Recovery Month and for the third year in row, Randall Library will hold an exhibition featuring original art from the community. All students, ages 14-29 and who are currently enrolled in New Hanover County Schools (including UNCW) are invited to submit original art. Click here for details (pdf). Judges will be looking for outstanding expressions of addiction and/or recovery through two dimensional art.

  • January 04, 2013

    To make way for the arrival of Dittos in Randall Library, the iPrint printers and copiers that were previously in the vending area (room 1024) have been relocated.

    There is now one iPrint copier located by the staircase near the Technology Assistance Center (TAC).  In addition, there is a copier machine located to the left AND to the right of the Learning Commons Help Desk (look for orange on the map).  For your convenience, each copier in the Learning Commons is located beside an existing iPrint station.

    The coin-operated copier is still located in the room to the left of the Circulation Desk.

    Questions and comments are always welcome!

  • January 03, 2013

    We are happy to announce that based on input from our staff and feedback from our users, restricted access to Randall Library will start at 10 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. beginning with the Spring 2013 semester!

    Access to the library between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. will still be restricted to UNCW students, faculty and staff only. A valid UNCW One Card ID is required of anyone in the building after 10 p.m.

    This change in policy positions us to better support visitors who choose to attend our cultural activities and other evening events; Cape Fear Community College students; and distance education students from our sister UNC schools who often collaborate in groups with UNCW students, while still sending a message that we are serious about maintaining security of the library.

    In preparation for this change, we have coordinated the security guard presence in the building and have, this past semester, created and filled the position of Evening and Weekend Supervisor which will allow us to systematically and creatively approach assessment of our evening usage.

    Visit our Hours page for complete Spring 2013 hours information.

  • January 02, 2013

    Please excuse our appearance as we continue to make changes and improvements to benefit the UNCW community!

    1.  Construction: Crews have been working overtime to create new offices for our growing staff. The three semi-private group study rooms on the first floor (1040, 1041, 1042) have been eliminated to make way for new offices.  More librarians means more research assistance, instruction and online services for our students and faculty!

    2.  Dittos: Yes, the rumors are true!  Dittos is relocating its many services to Randall Library in the upcoming semester.  Services such as laminating, scanning and faxing will be available in the new location, RM 1024 (near TAC).

    3. Additional  Group Study Room:   Due to the elimination of three group study rooms on the first floor, RM 2059, a former grad computer lab, is now a group study room and part of our online reservation system.  The computers that were located in RM 1059 have been consolidated with the larger graduate computer lab in RM 2017 for a total of 9 computers available for solely for graduate students. 

    3.  Outlets: Floor outlets are being installed in the main gallery near the Sherman Hayes Gallery.

    4.  Technology Assistance Center: TAC's footprint in Randall has grown to accommodate Equipment Checkout as well as additional office space for a growing staff.

    5.   Future: Expect more changes in the months ahead as Randall Library continues to grow.  For example:  an expanded and re-imagined circulation desk, a remodeling of our Government Documents area, replacement of outdated carpet and furniture, and much more!

    We appreciate your patience during this time. Questions and comments are always welcome.