Library Spaces

icon of an exclamation markAll study and meeting spacesclassrooms, and technology in the library will be unavailable for the summer. Alternative study and computing spaces for the summer will be conveniently located in the R21 modular building on Chancellor’s Walk in room 2115. Desktop computers and iPrint machines will be available for student use.  

Learning Commons

people working at computers in the Learning CommonsUNCW's Learning Commons is located on the first floor of the library, to your right as you enter the library. You can get help at the Library Help desk with library, research, iPrint and technology questions.


a person working at a computer in the TACThe Technology Assistance Center (TAC), located on the first floor, can answer your questions and provide support for all your computing issues or problems. The TAC provides phone, e-mail and walk-in assistance to the UNCW campus community. Equipment Checkout is also available at TAC. See What Equipment is Available for Checkout for more details.

Retreat at Randall

inside the Retreat at RandallRetreat at Randall (RL 2016) is intended for quiet contemplation, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, prayer, stress relief, silent games, stretching, and yoga. It is open to students, faculty, or staff with a valid UNCW OneCard. Please see the Space Use Guidelines for more information.

Digital Makerspace

The DMS logo with the text "Digital makerspace" below Located on the first floor (PDF), the Digital Makerspace’s goal is to bring access to technologies, such as virtual reality and 3D printing, to all UNCW students, staff and faculty in support of digital creation and literacy.

Faculty Commons

inside the Faculty CommonsThe Faculty Commons (RL2014) , a partnership between the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE/CFL) and Randall Library, is located on the second floor of the library (PDF) and is accessible by all UNCW faculty with a valid UNCW OneCard.

The Faculty Commons was created as a gathering place and collaborative space for UNCW faculty. The Faculty Commons also provides space for both the CTE/CFL and Randall Library to deliver programming that supports UNCW faculty. To these ends, the space will occasionally host pre-planned, pre-determined programming and, when not already reserved, provide a drop-in space for faculty use. The Commons has work surfaces as well as soft seating and all the furniture can be easily reconfigured for a variety of scenarios. Additionally, the Faculty Commons includes 2 semi-private huddle rooms which can be reserved via the UNCW Event Management System.  The Commons is not accessible to students although there may be programming or meetings in which students are included.

All three spaces (the huddle rooms and the main space) are equipped with computers, large screen displays, webcams, speakers and microphones. In the huddle rooms and the main room you can use the display hooked up to the computer, or you can connect your own device with HDMI, VGA or wirelessly with the VIA app (PDF).

To reserve the entire Faculty Commons for a UNCW faculty-related event, please contact the Randall Library Office of Facilities at Because the Faculty Commons is intended as a drop-in space, reservations will be limited.

Mamava Lactation Pod

The Pod located on the first floor near the Children's sectionA Mamava Pod is now available on the first floor of Randall Library, adjacent to our children’s books section. Mamava pods are private, clean places to pump breast milk or nurse a baby. To access the space, please visit the Library Help Desk or the Library Security Desk to obtain a code. Our pod can be found on the Mamava app, a free locator app that helps breastfeeding and pumping parents find thousands of approved lactation spaces. 

Quiet Space

logo for quiet studyThe second floor of the library has been designated a quiet study space. 

Solicitation Tables

Randall Library provides two solicitation tables on our first floor. Campus Life provides two solicitation tables outside our main entrance.

The Randall Library first floor solicitation tables are intended for campus-affiliated groups that add to the academic and social experience of UNCW students such as clubs, departments, non-profit groups, and Greek organizations. Outside vendors, private businesses, and other non-affiliated groups are prohibited.  

For more information about solicitation tables, including reservation information, please visit this page:

Group Study Rooms

three people looking at books in a group study roomWe have 11 reservable study spaces on the first floor, and most spaces include power and whiteboards. On the second floor, we have 13 reservable study spaces. All of them are private rooms and most include a wall mounted whiteboard, TV monitor with HDMI connector, and power outlets.

Visit our Group Study Room Reservations webpage.

Graduate Study Lounge

Graduate students have a study lounge area with networked computers located on the second floor designed specifically for their use. This space is accessible via OneCard swipe.

Exercise Desks

There are two treadmill desks in the Learning Commons, one cycling desk in RL 1045, and one in RL 2016, providing more diverse study space for students.

Port City Java

port city java logoLocated on the first floor of Randall Library, Port City Java offers coffee, espresso drinks, smoothies, milkshakes and teas among other beverage items. Also provided are fresh baked items, breakfast sandwiches, signature sandwiches, salads and wraps that are all made to order.

Visit their webpage for hours.

iPrint Business Center

iprint business center logoLocated on the first floor, the iPrint Business Center is a student-focused business center providing copying services and much more. Students can get class materials, group presentations and handouts copied and printed on a variety of papers. More about the iPrint Business Center.

Sherman Hayes Gallery - Located on the first floor, towards the back of the library, our main exhibit space was named in honor of University Librarian Emeritus Sherman L. Hayes.

Second Floor Gallery - Located on the second floor near the Graduate Student Computer lab.

Special Collections - Located in Room 2042 on the second floor of Randall Library.