Preparing for Changes at the D. H. Hill Library
The D. H. Hill Library
What's happening in the stacks at D. H. Hill?
You may have noticed a lot of activity in the bookstacks of the D. H. Hill Library. We’re preparing for a major renovation that will continue to transform D. H. Hill into a "library of the future." It will also include the new Academic Success Center, a partnership with the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA). Scheduled for completion by Fall 2020, the Academic Success Center and the new spaces in the D. H. Hill Library will provide the NC State community with an engaging, one-stop hub for learning, research, sharing ideas, and exploring new technologies. More details are coming soon.
In the meantime, here's what you need to know as we prepare for the coming changes:
- Floors 2 and 3 will be emptied of books over the course of Summer 2018 and will remain empty until the renovations begin in 2019.
- To facilitate access to materials during the transition, you can now request free delivery of books to the library of your choice, and scanning of articles from all print journals.
- Can't find the book you are looking for? Ask Us and we will help you find it or help you complete a delivery request.
- No books are being discarded. About 200,000 volumes will be moved to the bookBot at the Hunt Library; the rest will be shifted to floors 4 through 9 of D. H. Hill.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is the NCSU Libraries moving part of its collection?
Some of the collection now housed at D.H. Hill must be moved to the bookBot at the Hunt Library to make room for an upcoming renovation that will create the Academic Success Center and other new spaces on the second and third floors of the Bookstacks Tower. This move involves about 200,000 volumes, of the 1.2 million total volumes at D. H. Hill. The renovation project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2020.
- What should I do if I can't find a book?
Due to the nature of the book move, items from the collection may be in transit, storage, or new locations. In order to minimize the disruption to your research, the Libraries offers requesting of all materials to any campus library, and scanning of print articles regardless of location. If you can't find the item you're looking for, please request it from the catalog to be delivered to the library of your choice. You can also Ask Us if you'd like assistance finding or requesting an item.
- Are you getting rid of all the books in D.H. Hill Library?
No, we are not getting rid of any books. In order to make room for the renovation and construction work necessary to create the new Academic Success Center in D.H. Hill Library, approximately 200,000 books, serials, government documents are being moved to the bookBot at the Hunt Library. After the renovation and construction, about 1 million print items will remain at the D.H. Hill Library. Items in the bookBot (and other library locations) can be requested with a turnaround time of a few minutes to 24 hours. The items will be paged and held for pickup at any NCSU library location. Users may also request articles from print journals to be scanned and delivered (for free).
- Which print collections will stay at the D.H. Hill Library?
During February and March 2018, both the University Library Committee and Library Representatives approved a plan for moving print collections to accommodate the new Academic Success Center. Nearly 1 million print items (serials, monographs, etc.) will remain at the D.H. Hill Library after the renovation is complete.
Print monographs spanning all subjects and disciplines that have been in the collection 15 years or less or that have been checked out at least once in the past 15 years will remain in the D. H. Hill Library.
Some print monographs that align with disciplines that have most of the department offices and most of the classrooms in close proximity to D. H. Hill will also remain at the D. H. Hill Library. Disciplines that require more intensive and extensive browsing of print materials will also remain at the D.H. Hill Library. The call numbers/subject areas that will remain at D. H. Hill include:
- A (General Works, Reference Works)
- B (Philosophy, Psychology, Religion)
- C (History of Science)
- D (World History)
- E-F (History of the Americas)
- G (Geography, Anthropology)
- H (Social Sciences)
- J (Political Science)
- K (Law)
- L (Education)
- M (Music)
- N (Arts)
- P (Language and Literature)
- QA (Mathematics and Statistics)
- QL (Zoology)
- Which print materials will move to the bookBot at the Hunt LIbrary?
During February and March 2018, both the University Library Committee and Library Representatives approved a plan for moving print collections to accommodate the new Academic Success Center. Approximately 200,000 volumes will move to the bookBot at the Hunt Library.
Print items that will move from the D. H. Hill Library to the bookBot include duplicate print monographs (one copy to remain at D. H. Hill, other copies to move to the bookBot), bound journal volumes for which full online access is available, government documents for which online access is available, and low-use oversized books.
Additionally, print monographs that have been in the collection for more than 15 years and that have not been checked out in the last 15 years will move to the bookBot at the Hunt Library. These include items in the following call numbers/subject areas:
- Q (General Science)
- QB (Astronomy)
- QC (Physics)
- QD (Chemistry)
- QE (Geology)
- QH (Genetics, Biology)
- QK (Botany)
- QM (Physiology)
- QR (Microbiology)
- R (Medicine)
- S (Agriculture)
- T (Technology)
- U (Military Science)
- V (Naval Science)
- Z (Library Science)
- When will the books be moved?
The move of collections to the bookBot is underway and scheduled for completion by May 15, 2018. Following the move, during summer 2018, the entire collection in D. H. Hill will be shifted up to occupy floors 4 through 9. The shift is expected to be completed in August, in time for the fall semester.
- How do I get a book that is being moved or shifted to another floor?
Throughout the renovation project, any user may request the books they need. The books will be paged and held for pickup at any NCSU library location. Users may also request articles from print journals to be scanned and delivered (for free). At the end of the project, the Libraries will assess the feasibility of continuing the paging/scanning service.
- Will the Libraries’ online catalog tell me the correct location of a book, even during the move?
Our goal is to maintain an updated list of current book locations by call number, so that you will always be able to tell where each item is located. This list will be linked from the online catalog. If you have trouble finding an item, feel free to Ask Us. You can also request the item and we'll deliver it to the library of your choice.
- How do I get a book out of the bookBot?
You can either pick books up at the Hunt Library Ask Us center within five minutes of requesting them in the online catalog, or have them delivered the next day to the library location of your choice.
- Will the stacks remain open in the D. H. Hill Library?
Yes, but some areas may not be accessible during the book shift (summer 2018) or at other times over the course of the project. Staff at Ask Us can assist with retrieving materials from any blocked-off areas.
- Doesn't moving books from open stacks to the bookBot take away the ability to browse and serendipitously find unexpected materials?
No, because of the powerful online catalog search options that we provide. Our Virtual Browse interface enables fast, easy searching and browsing of the collection across all NCSU Libraries locations. Virtual Browse displays a virtual bookshelf of all items that would appear together, allowing researchers to explore at a glance other, similar or related materials that their initial search may not have revealed. Because Virtual Browse shows everything in the collection, users will never miss the opportunity to know about an e-book, a book that is at another NCSU Libraries branch, or a book that has been checked out or temporarily taken off the shelf or misplaced. Searches may also be extended beyond our collection to the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) libraries or other libraries worldwide.
- When books are moved from the D. H. Hill Library to the bookBot, will there be any books on open shelving in the D.H. Hill Library?
Nearly 1 million books and journal volumes will remain in the D. H. Hill bookstacks.
- If I have a question about the move or about a specific item, how can I get an answer quickly?
If you have questions, you can get immediate help by clicking the “Ask Us” icon on the top of every page of the Libraries’ website, by calling Ask Us at 919-515-3364, or by visiting the Ask Us center at D. H. Hill.
- How can NC State community members make sure the book move doesn’t affect the availability of materials that are needed during or after the book move process?
If you are working on a project that you think might be affected by the move, please Ask Us, and we will work with you to make sure that you have what you need.