D. H. Hill Jr. Library Renovation

featuring the Academic Success Center

Extraordinary Things are Coming to the D. H. Hill Jr. Library

The NC State University Libraries is preparing for a major renovation of the Hill Library. Scheduled to open in fall 2020, this project will include a complete renovation of the second and third floors of the bookstacks tower with a new open stairwell connecting these floors with the Ask Us lobby. The renovation will also result in a new Academic Success Center and new technology-rich Libraries spaces, making the Hill library NC State's one-stop hub for learning, teaching, research, collaboration, and experimentation. The goal of this project is to enhance  student and faculty success. 

Renovation Updates:

  • The Hill of Beans Coffee Shop and the Creamery are closed. Coffee and snacks are available in the Atrium Food Court and at businesses on Hillsborough Street. An updated Hill of Beans Cafe & Creamery will open inside the Hill Library later in the summer.
  • As of Monday, May 13, and continuing through the Hill Library Renovation, collections on the fourth floor (call numbers A-DB) will not be directly accessible by patrons. Library patrons can request books and journals through the Catalog (Books & Media), and library staff will usually retrieve items at least twice each day. When possible, we will retrieve more frequently. Questions or requests by non-university-affiliates may be directed to Ask Us.
  • Access to print materials during renovation
  • Press release: We’re opening the Hillsborough St. entrance to the Hill Library!
  • The Interfaith Prayer & Meditation Space has been relocated to Room 2108 in the East Wing.

See all Renovation Updates


Project Highlights:

  • Complete renovation of the second and third floors of the bookstacks tower of the Hill Library with a new open stairwell connecting these floors with the Ask Us Lobby
  • The new Academic Success Center, with services provided by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA)
  • A new home for the Office of Undergraduate Research in the Hill Library
  • New Libraries spaces including the Innovation Studio, an enlarged and upgraded Visualization Studio, and a new Data Experience Lab

The Academic Success Center

Located on the second floor in the North Tower, the Academic Success Center will feature the University Tutorial Center with tutoring, writing, and speaking services, and will offer some career counseling and academic advising services. During late evening and overnight hours, most of this space, including five group study rooms, will be available for general use.

The Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research will relocate to the Hill Library as part of this project. It supports and promotes discovery-, inquiry-, scholarship- and creativity-based opportunities through mentored experiences with NC State faculty and other national and international scholars and professionals.

Innovation Studio

Located on the second floor in the South Tower, the Innovation Studio will be part teaching space and part interactive exhibit, showcasing student and faculty work at NC State. It will offer and demonstrate emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, machine learning, projection mapping, and the Internet of Things.

Visualization Studio

The existing small Visualization Studio on the second floor will be relocated to the third floor of the North Tower. The new space will be larger than the current space, with immersive, 360-degree projection.

Data Experience Lab

The Data Experience Lab will be a collaborative, community-oriented space for data science, visualization, digital scholarship, and analytics. Students and researchers from all disciplines will be able to advance their skills through workshops and walk-in consultations. Located on the third floor of the South Tower, the space will include reservable workstations with the processing power and software needed for data analysis, digital scholarship, and visualization.

Project Details


Design Phase: Through January 2019

Bidding Phase: January 2019 through May 2019

Construction: May 2019 through June 2020

Project Opening: Fall Semester 2020


Lord Aeck Sargent


Stanford White

Lynch Mykins

Related Projects

Updates to the Hillsborough Street entrance in the west wing to be completed by May 2019. This will be the only public entrance to the library during the renovation.

A History of Renovations

The D. H. Hill Jr. Library over the decades.