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  • August 12, 2013

    Albert SchweitzerFor the 12th consecutive year, Randall Library partners with Honors College to continue the spirit of the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes.

    UNCW seeks nominees who inspire and excel in medicine, music or humanitarian efforts for the 2013 award.

    For the complete story and an opportunity to nominate a Cape Fear resident for the award, click here.





  • August 02, 2013

    Future of Randall, The Library is FOR you.

    Randall Library welcomes Dr. Mary Reichel, Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and Carol Grotne Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information Studies.

    Dr. Reichel, who was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Belk Library and Information Commons at App state, will give a presentation titled “Building with a Team: A Team Facilitated Approach to New Building Planning and Execution” and facilitate a conversation about the future landscape of Academic Libraries.

    Join us Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m in the Sherman Hayes Gallery (first floor). Refreshments will be served.


    Please share your ideas for the Future of Randall on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uncwlibrary) and our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/uncw_library#futureofrandall

    This event is part of UNCW Welcome Week




  • August 01, 2013

    Randall Library is thrilled to announce Xhenet Aliu as our featured writer for this year’s event. 

    Xhenet graduated from the UNCW Creative Writing MFA Program in 2007 and she is the winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for her collection of short stories, Domesticated Wild Things, which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press this fall.

    Xhenet will read a selection of her work, and then author and Creative Writing faculty member Bekki Lee (Bobcat and Other Stories, Algonquin Books 2013) will conduct an interview with the writer. Additionally, current MFA students will read selections of their poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Refreshments will be served.

    Join us Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery.

    This event is part of UNCW Welcome Week






  • July 31, 2013

    In the coming weeks, Randall Library’s Circulation area will undergo a significant transformation.  Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, August 5 on a redesign project that will increase the footprint of the Circulation area and allow for an improved user experience.  New features include easier access to the library’s public elevator, a larger service desk (which incorporates an ADA-compliant lower tier for accessibility to wheelchair users), and quick lookup stations.  The redesign also includes a number of aesthetic enhancements to the area including paint and carpet, and wood finishes which contribute to a cohesive look throughout the first floor of the library.

    This project includes a workspace redesign for Circulation staff.  Staff members will be co-located in shared office space behind and adjacent to the new Circulation desk, resulting in improved workflow and communication among the staff and users. Construction of the area, which includes removing the existing Circulation desk, necessitates a temporary relocation of Circulation services.  Beginning Friday, August 2, Circulation services will be offered at Randall Library’s Learning Commons Help Desk.




    Select Circulation services will be enhanced during the construction period:

    • Introduction of concierge services including personalized assistance locating materials in the stacks and personalized way finding for elevator access during the construction
    • Improved retrieval service for course reserve materials, interlibrary loan items, and holds

    Some Circulation services will be limited during the construction period:

    • Financial transactions will be limited to accepting checks or exact change for fines, fees and patron cards.  No change will be made.
    • The book drop at the library entrance will be closed beginning Friday, August 2 for the duration of the construction.  Items may be returned to the Learning Commons Help Desk or to the drop box located in Lot D (the Randall Library parking lot).
    • The coin copier and departmental copier by the Circulation area will be relocated and unavailable.  The iPrint Business Center, located near TAC in Randall Library, will be available to assist with copying services for users accustomed to using the coin copier.

    During the construction period we will be actively requesting customer feedback so please share your concerns with Circulation staff members. Questions or comments can also be submitted to Madeleine Bombeld, Associate Director— Library Access and Customer Support Services, bombeldm [at] uncw [dot] edu (subject: Circulation%20Redesign)

    Funding for this project was provided in large part by a generous posthumous donation from Ms. Martha Clayton (Miss Martha), who volunteered her time at Randall Library’s Circulation desk for over 16 years.  A graduate of UNCW herself, Miss Clayton’s spirit and affection for Randall Library are evident in the gift that she has left us.

    Please share your ideas for the Future of Randall on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uncwlibrary) and our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/uncw_library#futureofrandall

  • July 24, 2013

    Randall Library is proud to host a new exhibit by UNCW alumnus and founder of Element Digital Art, Sean Ruttkay.

    Ruttkay's work doesn't just inspire awe with its size but also serenity with its keen interpretation of the power that is water. The Aesthetic of Water - The Art of Sean Ruttkay brings his unique style, already a staple in retail shops and restaurants throughout Wilmington, to Randall Library and helps UNCW celebrate this year's Synergy Common Reading selection, The Wave by Susan Casey.

    The exhibit begins Wednesday, August 21 and will be up throughout the fall semester in our Second Floor Gallery.

    An official opening reception including a lecture by Sean Ruttkay is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.

    For more information about Sean Ruttkay and Element Digital Art, please visit his website. You can also check him out on Instagram: @edasurf

    For further information about Synergy, see UNCW's Common Reading Experience.

  • July 08, 2013

    We are saddened by the death of former Wilmington, NC resident Mr. John Alan Gunn.

    In 2011 Mr. Gunn donated his collection of sports memorabilia which primarily focuses on college and professional football and basketball. The collection also includes publications related to professional baseball and military sports programs. 

    From September to December of 2011, Randall Library hosted a comprehensive exhibit of the Gunn collection which can now be viewed by appointment in our Special Collections on the second floor. http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/special.

    At the time of the exhibit, Gunn expressed that he was "so proud to know that others can now share his love of sports."

    An Illinois native, Gunn and his wife lived in Wilmington and their first child was born in the Port City. Gunn was a reporter for the Wilmington Star-News for two years in the 1950s; he maintained connections to Wilmington throughout his life and was a frequent visitor to our area.

    Click here to view Mr. Gunn's obituary.

  • July 02, 2013

    This fall, a Port City Java will open in the space formerly occupied by Java City and include many enhancements to the location and improvements in service.  Construction in the area is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 8th and extend until approximately August 1st.   To ensure the safety of our patrons, access to the area will be restricted to construction crew members and other authorized persons during this time.

    Inevitably, the construction of Port City Java will result in increased ambient noise in the library.  In an effort to reduce disruption for our users, Randall Library has worked with crew members to ensure that cutting and sawing will occur outside the building whenever possible.   Additionally, no noise-causing construction will take place during the Summer II final exam period (July 29th and 30th).

    Port City Java is one of several projects underway in the library this summer. Check back for updates and information.

    Thank you for your patience during this transition. We hope you are as excited as we are about Port City Java’s newest location!

    We welcome your feedback! Please leave comments to this post or email us libref [at] uncw [dot] edu (subject: Future%20of%20Randall) (here).

    Please share your ideas for the Future Of Randall on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uncwlibrary) and our Twitter feed (@uncw_library)


    The library is F.O.R. you!


  • June 21, 2013

    Now installed on the first floor of Randall Library ...

    ... the third annual Recovery Art Exhibition for high school and college students, age 14-29, in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties.

    The jury selected art work features artist's interpretations of drug addiction and/or recovery. The five pieces represent the dangers of abusing alcohol and tobacco as well as illegal and prescription drugs.

    This year's exhibit includes work by Camille Bourne, Haley Branner, Erin Brown, Savannah Roberts, and Chaz Whited. Monetary awards are given to the top three submissions.

    Art work is on display through August 10th near the Randall Library circulation desk.



  • June 14, 2013

    For updates on the library’s most recently added titles, check out our new materials lists, which include links to the catalog record for each item. We also have subject based RSS feeds of new titles that are updated each month.

     virtual shelf bullet See our new expanded virtual bookshelf

  • June 13, 2013









    We are gearing up for new carpet on the second floor!

    Please pardon our appearance and excuse some minor disruptions as we quickly work to install carpeting on the second floor of our facility.

    Work will commence Monday, June 17 and continue for approximately two weeks.

    Randall Library supports the mission of the University by providing information resources and learner-centered services and by cultivating a rich physical and virtual environment dedicated to the open exchange of ideas and an information-literate community.

    We welcome your feedback! Please leave comments to this post or email us libref [at] uncw [dot] edu (subject: Future%20of%20Randall) (here).

    Please share your ideas for the Future ORandall on our Twitter feed, @uncw_library, #futureofrandall

    The library is FOR you!