Library News

  • Posted: October 02, 2019
    New solar umbrellas outside of Randall Library

    Randall Library is pleased to offer two new solar umbrellas outside the front entrance. These two umbrellas from Zon Technology will provide sustainable outdoor power to charge any USB device. Each umbrella is equipped with three charging ports at the base and features an LED display that shows how much solar energy is currently stored. 

    The solar umbrellas are made possible through the joint efforts of the Student Government Association, the Sustainability office, and Randall Library. 

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  • Posted: October 01, 2019
    Grad students meet your subject librairans on Oct 23 at 1pm

    Meet your Subject Librarian

    Wednesday, October 23, 1-3 pm

    Sherman Hayes Gallery, 1st Floor Randall Library

    What is a subject librarian? Do you need more in-depth help finding information for your papers, projects, thesis, or other research? Would you like to meet one-on-one with a librarian to learn how to better use the library? If so, please fill out this form or contact the librarian in your subject area. If you fill out the form below, a librarian will contact you to schedule an appointment.  We will help you to use the research databases, library catalog, and other resources to find articles and books for your papers, and show you how to obtain resources that we don't have in our library. This service is provided for students, faculty, and staff at UNCW.  You can meet your subject librarian in person during this event!

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  • Posted: September 20, 2019
    Banned Books Week September 22-27

    Join Randall Library in saying, "Lift Every Voice and READ!" and check out our collection of challenged materials with thought-provoking themes! The exhibit highlights the importance of open access to information.  Accompanying some of the books is a description and reasoning behind the work’s censorship and includes personal statements written by UNCW students.

    Students wrote these statements as part of Michelle Manning’s ENG 382: “Ways of Teaching Literature”. In this course, students performed research on banned books and wrote short descriptions that explain how the books positively impacted their lives.

    The Banned Books Week exhibit is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library every September. The display is located on the First Floor of Randall Library at the New & Popular Books section. All items are available for check out.

    For more information about ALA's Banned Books Week click here.

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  • Posted: September 20, 2019
    Banned Books Week: Read-In, Eat-In September 26 11 am - 12:30 pm

    Come join the UNCW and Wilmington communities as we celebrate the freedom to read what we want to read!

    In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-27), Randall Library (RL) will host a Read-In, Eat-In where we invite you to read aloud from your favorite banned or challenged books while enjoying pizza and cookies. Bring your own book or grab one here to connect with diverse voices from across campus.

    Thursday, Sept. 26, from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on the first floor of RL

    The Banned Book Read-In, Eat-In is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library. 

    Learn more about RL Banned Books Week here.

    For more information about ALA's Banned Books Week here.

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  • Posted: September 11, 2019
    UNCW Wentworth Fellows poster session Oct. 23rd
    Wentworth Fellowship Poster Session

    Randall Library is proud to host the Fall 2019 UNCW Wentworth Fellows Poster Session, Wednesday, October 23 through October 25.

    Join us Wednesday, October 23 between 3-5 PM to meet the fellows in person and to find out how Randall Library can help you with your travel and research projects.

    About the Wentworth Fellowship

    The Wentworth Fellowship, a gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, was established in 2001 to enable a select number of students to travel to sites in America and abroad that are associated with literary authors and texts.  Each year, students work with faculty sponsors to submit applications detailing journeys inspired by and connected with a specific text, author, or movement in an effort to explore the relationship of artistic production to geographic space. In the past, Wentworth Fellows have traveled to places as diverse as Beijing, Moscow, Oxford, Berlin, Prince Edward Island, and Providence, Rhode Island. 

    Be a Wentworth Fellow

    If you’re an English major or minor and would like more information on the Wentworth Travel Fellowship, please see

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  • Posted: August 27, 2019
    Digital Humanities meet and greet September 5, 2019


    Come for a Digital Humanities meet and greet on September 5, 2019 from 11:00am – 12:30pm at the Clocktower Lounge. 

    Snacks, conversations, ideas, and moving forward.

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  • Posted: August 27, 2019
    Special Labor Day hours at Randall Library

    Over the Labor Day holiday, Randall Library will be closed Saturday, August 31st through Monday, September 2nd.

    We will reopen at 7 am on Tuesday, September 3rd. 

    Enjoy the holiday, Seahawks! 


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  • Posted: August 20, 2019
    New Sunday Hours

    The library will be open at 10 am on Sundays this year in response to student requests. The Sunday hours are a trial and will be evaluated at the end of the academic year to determine if this will be a permanent change. 

    We hope all Seahawks will enjoy the extra hours of study time!

    Please see the library calendar for any exceptions. 

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  • Posted: August 19, 2019
    Faces of Randall Logo


    Welcome back to Faces of Randall, where we interview a different Randall Library staff member each month! Kicking us off with August's feature is Jason Fleming, who has probably been to more national parks than you.


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    Name: Jason Fleming

    Title: Information Technology Librarian

    What that means: Jason manages the technology that keeps the catalog functioning and helps catalogers with tech issues. He also troubleshoots the Interlibrary Loan system, which allows patrons to borrow books from other libraries, as well as working with EZ Proxy, which makes it possible to access online library resources from off campus. Finally, he works to support the digital displays throughout the library, and has helped to get the Digital Makerspace going.

    Favorite book: He keeps trying to read books and failing these days, and his favorite changes over time. One of the books he’s read more recently, though, was The Girl With All The Gifts, in which a fungal infection causes a zombie-like plague; his son also read it, and he enjoyed talking with him about the science behind it.

    Favorite place in the library: The Digital Makerspace!

    If you suddenly inherited a factory capable of producing anything, what would you make and why?: Jason didn’t have specific ideas, but would ideally want to create something that could make energy out of carbon dioxide.
    As a bonus, he also addressed the “fictional worlds” question, sharing that if he was able to travel to any fictional world, he would opt not to, as all fictional worlds have their own curses and are too dangerous. He specifically wouldn’t go to Wonderland, Narnia, or Oz.

    About Jason:
    Jason has been working at Randall Library for six years, always in the Information Technology department. Though he’s stayed in one place here at Randall, outside of work he’s traveled a great deal—specifically, he has traveled to over 40 national parks in just the last three years! He went to 5 in one week in May alone: Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Saguaro National Park. Of the parks he’s been to before, he especially enjoyed Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Other favorites include the Craters of the Moon National Monument and the Hall of Mosses in the Hoh National Rainforest.

    Bonus: His favorite quote is “Wherever you go, there you are.”


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  • Posted: August 06, 2019
    Make it at Randall 2019

    What will you make of this semester and of your time at UNCW? Show us by making something unique to take with you into the start of the fall semester. Randall Library will have all the tools and supplies you need to relax, flex your creative muscles and make some one-of-a-kind souvenirs from UNCWelcome. While at the library, stop by the Digital MakerSpace for giveaways and a short introduction to the space and the things you’ll be able to make in it throughout the year. Activities: Screen printing, Button making, Twine game jam competition, Custom trail mix station, and more!

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