Library Spaces


Learning Commons

learning commons photoUNCW'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 Research Help desk with library, research, iPrint and technology questions.


tac photoThe 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

Interior of the Retreat at Randall space showing tables, comfortable seating, and bookshelves

Retreat 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

Digital Makerspace brought to you by Randall Library and the Technology Assistance Center (TAC).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

The 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 RLfacility [at] Because the Faculty Commons is intended as a drop-in space, reservations will be limited.

Mamava Lactation Pod

A photo of the lactation pod taken from 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 to download the Mamava App (available on Google Play or App Store) or ask for a code at the Research Help or Circulation Desk.  The Mamava app is a free locator app that helps breastfeeding and pumping parents find thousands of approved lactation space, in addition to controlling the door lock, lights, and fan of the pod.

Quiet Space

The 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

group study photoWe have 11 reservable study spaces on the first floor: 8 group study rooms; 2 group study pods; and RL 1045. Most first floor spaces include power and whiteboards. On the second floor, we have 14 reservable study spaces. All of them are private rooms and most include a wall mounted whiteboard, 32” tv monitor with VGA connector and custom-sized table with power modules.

RL1045 offers multimedia presentation equipment, computer workstations and ample meeting space.

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. Read more about the exercise desks.

Port City Java

java city logo Located 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

Located 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

Sundial Gallery - Locate on the second floor, near Special Collections.

Special Collections - Located in Room 2042 on the second floor of Randall Library. Exhibits are listed here.

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