Library News

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    Construction of the library expansion will continue during spring semester 2023. Currently the steel frame, decking, and roof are under construction, along with site and utility updates. While it is possible that the construction could cause noise impacts in the library, thus far the noise has been minimal. We are looking forward to a completion date of fall 2024. In the meantime, Randall Library is a great place to study, learn, explore, and relax!

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    For more information about what personal vehicles are allowed in the library, please see our BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS, AND HOVERBOARDS policy, found here:

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    Mamava Pod | NOW AVAILABLE

    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 at the Research Help or Circulation Desk for a code.  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.


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    On May 19th, UNCW and Randall Library broke ground on the much-awaited Expansion and Renovation project, officially marking the transition from design to construction. Expected completion of the $56M project is late 2024. 

    The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks by UNCW officials including Chancellor Sartarelli, Provost Winebrake, and Board of Trustees chairperson Bridget Kidd, as well as by NC state senator Michael Lee. Of special note were the remarks delivered by Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning & Library Services and Dean of the Library, Dr. Lucy Holman describing our vision for the library expansion and renovation (PDF). 

    The outdoor ceremony took place on the west side of the current Randall Library building, the site of the new 80,000 sq. ft. expansion and was followed by a reception in Randall’s Sherman Hayes Gallery. Food and spirits were served while guests received tours of the library’s Digital Makerspace, were shown renderings and floor plans for the expansion, interacted with a visualization of library data, and browsed a special exhibit highlighting 70 years of Randall Library history created by the Randall Library Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History.  

    Dr Lucy Holman speaking at the Randall Library groundbreaking ceremony

    Faculty and staff of Randall Library holding golden shovels at the groundbreaking ceremony

    Faculty and staff of Randall Library at the groundbreaking ceremony

    Photo credit Jeff Janowski, UNCW staff photographer.

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    Two great resources for streaming movies and videos are:

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    May 19, 4:00 PM | Back of Randall Library

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    Randall Library is excited to share that thanks to a deal brokered by the Carolina Consortium, authors affiliated with UNCW may now publish open access in any of Wiley's 1,400 hybrid journals (subscription-based journals which offer an open access option) at no cost through a new “read-and-publish" agreement. 

    Open access publishing allows for increased engagement with your work. Benefits associated with publishing open access include higher citations and usage, immediate access to the latest research, and compliance with open access mandates from funders, among others. 41 institutions across North and South Carolina have opted into this agreement with Wiley, which also offers subscribers access to the entire Wiley journals database.  For more information on the Wiley agreement, visit this page.

    Randall Library also offers agreements with SAGE (10% discount on open access publishing costs) and Karger (no-cost open access publishing). To learn more about these discounts, visit Randall Library’s open access guide.

    Please contact Allison Kittinger, Scholarly Communications Librarian ( or Sarah Mueth, Coordinator of Serials & Electronic Resources ( with any questions. 

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    We are very excited to share that in November 2021, the state of North Carolina passed a budget that included the $56 million in funding needed to begin construction on the renovation and expansion of Randall Library. The project includes a 118,000 3-story expansion at the west side of Randall Library (renderings below) along with a partial renovation of the existing interior. Groundbreaking is expected later in 2022. In the meantime, work on final versions of construction documents is underway.

    Visit the Randall Library Expansion webpage for more information.











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    What is Retreat at Randall?

    The Retreat at Randall (RL 2016) is a sanctuary for quiet contemplation, reflection, meditation, prayer, stress relief, and gentle physical activities like stretching and yoga.

    Who can access the space?

    The space is open to students, faculty, or staff with a valid UNCW OneCard.

    What is inside the space?

    Amenities includes treadmill desks, a yoga area, cocooning chairs, floor cushions, and grounding kits, along with resources focused on mindfulness, wellness, and stress reduction.

    What are the guidelines for using the space?

    See the Space Use Guidelines for more information.

    Does the space offer mindfulness and wellness programming?

    The Retreat encourages engagement with mindfulness and wellness practices through various program opportunities. These include drawing, painting, bracelet making, puzzles, journaling, yoga, and collaborative art projects. Activities are carefully selected to foster mental and emotional regulation, allowing individuals to explore and engage in both active and passive programming. The Retreat offers various mindfulness and wellness programs each semester. Check the Events & Exhibits calendar for program opportunities.

    Why was the space created?

    The space created to be a hidden sanctuary for mindfulness and wellness practice inside the library to support the holistic success of students faculty and staff. The tranquil haven is dedicated to Anne Pemberton (1975-2021) a beloved librarian known for her unwavering support of student well-being and success. The space serves as a testament to Anne's vision and the university's dedication to supporting its community's comprehensive well-being. It invites students faculty and staff to pause, reflect, and rejuvenate, providing a foundation for success both within the university and beyond.

    It's not just a space; it's a statement—a reflection of Pemberton's belief that UNCW should nurture not only the academic prowess of its students but also their mental resilience. With a focus on mindfulness and wellness, the space is designed to assist students, faculty, and staff in their journey towards academic achievement and personal growth. May Anne's example inspire us all. The Retreat opened in January 2022.

    How was the space designed?

    The design philosophy behind the space incorporates elements of biophilic design, weaving natural materials such as sand, wood, and plants into the interior. This not only creates a visually calming atmosphere but also fosters a unique connection with nature, distinguishing The Retreat as a destination on campus for rejuvenation and relaxation.

    Campus Mindfulness and Wellness Resources

    Campus Recreation | Counseling Center | Counseling Center's Mindfulness Resources | Healthy Hawks | Student Health Center | Randall Library Resources on Mindfulness


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    UNCW continues to work with LS3P and Shepley Bulfinch on planning for the Randall Library Renovation and Expansion project. It includes a 118,000 3-story expansion at the west side of Randall Library along with a partial renovation of the existing interior. The project has moved from the design and pre-planning stage to drafting construction documents. Final funding for the construction is pending North Carolina state budget resolution.  More information about current status can be found on the UNCW Office of Facilities website.

    Visit the Randall Library Expansion webpage for more information.