Access to print materials during renovation

Here's what you need to know as we prepare for the coming changes:

  • Floors 2 and 3 were 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 were discarded. About 200,000 volumes were moved to the bookBot at the Hunt Library; the rest were shifted to floors 4 through 9 of D. H. Hill.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why did the NCSU Libraries move part of its collection?

    Some of the collections now housed at D.H. Hill were 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 involved 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.

  • Did you get rid of all the books in D.H. Hill Library?

    No, we did not get 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 were 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 on open shelves. 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 can I find 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 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 also remain at the D. H. Hill Library. Disciplines that require more intensive and extensive browsing of print materials also remain at the D.H. Hill Library. The call numbers/subject areas that 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 have moved 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 have moved to the bookBot at the Hunt Library.

    Print items that moved from the D. H. Hill Library to the bookBot include duplicate print monographs (one copy remains at D. H. Hill, other copies moved 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 have moved 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 did the books move?

    The move of collections to the bookBot was completed in May 2018. Following the move, during summer 2018, the entire collection in D. H. Hill shifted up to occupy floors 4 through 9. The shift was completed in August, in time for the fall semester.

  • Will the stacks remain open in the D. H. Hill Library?

    Yes, but some areas may not be accessible at times over the course of the project. Staff at Ask Us can assist with retrieving materials from any blocked-off areas.

  • Are there any books left on open shelving in the D.H. Hill Library?

    Nearly 1 million books and journal volumes will remain in the D. H. Hill bookstacks.

  • Where have the D.H. Hill Current Periodicals moved to?

    As part of the renovation, the Current Periodicals will be reshelved in locations across the NCSU Libraries. If you need help locating any current periodicals, please Ask Us.