The Randall Library Renovation and Expansion project was not funded by the NC State Legislature. This year, as we await funding, we will continue to work on schematic design and design documentation.
Post date: August 19, 2019 - 12:40pm
Post date: February 4, 2019 - 12:00pm
Before the design and planning process for a renovated and expanded library began in earnest, Randall Library and campus partners committed to a months' long pre-planning initiative with Clark Nexsen, the architects who will guide us through the completion of this exciting project.
Through surveys, workshops with students and faculty, visits to newly-renovated libraries, and a deep-dive into our unique program needs, we constructed a strong foundation upon which we can start building a re-imagined Randall Library.
The Pre-Design Programming Report, including an executive summary, a list of campus stakeholders, and an in-depth exploration of all the means we used for completing this process, can be viewed here.
For more information about the project, including communication from our University Librarian, a timeline of milestones and the latest news, visit the Randall Library Renovation & Expansion Webpage.
Post date: January 15, 2019 - 11:37am
All UNCW students are invited to provide their thoughts and ideas for a renovated and expanded library at two feedback fairs in January.
- Wednesday, January 23, 4:30 to 6 PM at Fisher Student Union, Town Square
- Thursday, January 24, 4 to 5:30 PM, Randall Library, First Floor
Student input is vital to the design process and engagement is fast, easy and fun. Stop by anytime.
Post date: January 14, 2019 - 12:11pm
UNCW has received a $5.5 million commitment from the N.C. General Assembly to begin the planning process for the renovation and expansion of Randall Library. The project will meet the growing needs of the campus and the community for an adaptable space equipped with the latest technology and services.
As the university’s student body has grown, the Randall Library team has seen an uptick in the demand for space and assistance at the library. The total enrollment for fall 2018 was 16,747, with a substantial 16 percent increase in graduate student enrollment. Built in 1969, Randall Library has not seen major renovation since its expansion in 1986, when the full-time enrollment at UNCW was approximately 5,000 students.
“For 50 years, Randall Library has played an essential role in supporting teaching, research and community engagement at UNCW,” Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli said. “Thanks to generous support from the General Assembly, we have the opportunity to design the Randall Library of the future, creating a space where people, ideas, information and technology will connect in innovative ways.”
University Librarian Lucy Holman said the design will focus on flexibility and service. Proposed renovations include swathes of open floor plans for current students to configure spaces and areas to meet their individual and collective needs. Future staff will have the ability to re-conceive spaces as learning needs evolve. There are plans to continue to build upon new spaces and services like the digital makerspace and faculty commons.
“As student learning and working styles continually evolve, our libraries must adapt quickly to student needs,” said Holman. “The new Randall Library will be a model of ‘learning on display.’ We know the libraries of 2030 and 2050 will be vastly different from the library we build in 2020, and we believe we are designing a building that will serve students well when it opens and will adapt to each new generation of students for the foreseeable future.”
The appropriated $5.5 million will fund the design process. The eventual capital improvement project will require a separate appropriation and/or philanthropic support from the Seahawk community. The proposed renovations support strong academic programs and maximize opportunities for institutional efficiencies, both outlined as priorities in the university’s Strategic Plan.
As part of the design process, the library will engage library users in various ways, including two feedback fairs for students. Information about the feedback fairs will be posted throughout the library and on the library’s new renovation and expansion webpage. Check the page often for updated information about the renovation and expansion project, including communication from our University Librarian, a timeline of milestones and the latest news.