The Hill Library renovation
featuring the Academic Success Center

Extraordinary things are here at the D. H. Hill Jr. Library

A major renovation of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library was completed in 2020, including a comprehensive renovation of the second and third floors and the addition of an open stairwell that connects those floors with the Ask Us lobby and floods the spaces with natural light. The renovation features the Academic Success Center and technology-rich Libraries spaces, making the Hill Library NC State's one-stop hub for learning, teaching, research, collaboration, and experimentation.

Discover more information about the renovation: See and Do at the New Hill Library.

New and Updated Library Spaces

The Innovation Studio's gallery tables display interactive exhibits; above is a grid system hosting projectors, lights, and sensors.

Innovation Studio

Located on the second floor in the south tower, the Innovation Studio is part teaching space and part interactive exhibit, showcasing student and faculty work at NC State. It serves as a venue to display and demonstrate emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, machine learning, projection mapping, and the Internet of Things.

The Cyma Rubin Visualization Gallery offers true seamless 360-degree projection and flexible seating.

Cyma Rubin Visualization Gallery

The existing small Cyma Rubin Visualization Gallery on the second floor has been relocated to the third floor of the north tower. The new, larger space includes a truly circular projection surface and immersive, 360-degree projection.

Walkway in the area of the Data Experience Lab, with study rooms to the right, a conference room and large screen straight ahead, and large open tables in the lab to the right.

Data Experience Lab

The Data Experience Lab is a collaborative, community-oriented space for data science, visualization, digital scholarship, and analytics. Students and researchers from all disciplines can advance their skills through workshops and walk-in consultations. Located on the third floor of the south tower, the space includes reservable workstations with the processing power and software needed for data analysis, digital scholarship, and visualization.

The Grand Staircase is visible from the building's exterior through the towering atrium window.


The Brickyard Entrance features an open grand staircase that leads from the ground floor to the first, second, and third floors. Flanked by a four-story window to the west and mezzanine seating to the north and east, this design element floods the lower floors of the Hill Library with natural light and vastly improves wayfinding to the bookstacks.


Closed for nearly thirty years, the Hillsborough Street entrance is the Hill Library’s new front door. It features new sliding glass doors that open onto a freshly landscaped terrace and lawn along Founders Drive, and convenient access to Wolfline bus stops. For assistance, please call Ask Us at 919-515-3364.

Hillsborough Street — new entrance

The Academic Success Center and the Office of Undergraduate Research

Patrons occupy tables and whiteboards at a busy Academic Success Center.

The Academic Success Center

Located on the second floor in the north tower, the Academic Success Center features the University Tutorial Center with tutoring, writing, and speaking services, and offers some career counseling and academic advising services. During late evening and overnight hours, most of this space, including five group study rooms, are available for general use.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research has relocated to the Hill Library. 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.

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About the Renovation

Construction Highlights

Highlights from the Hill Library Renovation.


Design Phase: Through January 2019

Bidding Phase: January 2019 through May 2019

Construction: May 2019 through June 2020

Project Opening: August 2020


Lord Aeck Sargent


Stanford White

Lynch Mykins

Audiovisual Consultant


General Contractor

Holder Construction

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.