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 in the midst of 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 on the Ground Floor is closed. An updated Hill of Beans Coffee & Creamery is now open in the West Wing, serving coffee, sandwiches, snacks, and ice cream.
  • For the duration of the 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.
  • The Assistive Technology Center has been moved to Room 1209, in the hallway behind the Ask Us desk to the right.
  • The Game Space has moved to Room 1145, the former Presentation Practice Room, in the northwest corner of the Learning Commons. Upon entering the Learning Commons, turn left and proceed to the back-left corner.

See all Renovation Updates


The Brickyard entrance to the Library is closed.

The Brickyard entrance to the Library is closed and will remain closed until renovation is complete in the Fall of 2020. Please use the Hillsborough Street entrance. For assistance, please call Ask Us at 919-515-3364.

Hillsborough Street — new entrance

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.


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
Grand Staircase rendering near new brickyard entrance


The Brickyard Entrance will feature 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 will flood the lower floors of the Hill Library with natural light and vastly improve wayfinding to the lower floors of the bookstacks.

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

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.