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Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) Collections

About the ARC

The Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) is part of a multi-year project of library expansion and renovation. The next phase of construction will take 2 to 3 years to expand the existing library building and connect it to the ARC, creating a new entrance facing the Student Union. All of the books and journals in the back portion of the library have to be moved into the ARC to clear the way for this construction. [More information]

Currently

Currently all items are available for direct retrieval from the shelves in the John C. Hitt Library by members of the public.

None of the Libraries' collections have been moved into the ARC yet.

All materials from the 1st floor (call numbers A-F) are scheduled to be moved into the ARC in March 2018. (Schedule may be delayed)

Some materials from the 3rd floor (call numbers G-HG) are scheduled to be moved into the ARC in May 2018. (Schedule may be delayed)

Some materials from the 4th floor (call numbers PR-QA76.8) are scheduled to be moved into the ARC in April 2018. (Schedule may be delayed)

During initial move

During the initial move of materials into the ARC (March-May 2018):

  • A request for items stored in the ARC will be initiated by any user directly from the online library catalog. 
  • Retrieval of materials from the ARC might take a day or longer, but details about the process cannot be determined until the system is operational. The focus of activities during the first three months will be on moving a large number of items into the ARC as quickly as possible, with retrieval of items possibly taking place at the end of each day.
  • Some requests for items may be fulfilled through Interlibrary Loan.

After initial move

From Summer 2018 forward a request for items stored in the ARC will be initiated by any user directly from the online library catalog and will be available for pick-up from the John C. Hitt Library's book checkout desk near the current entrance of the library. Timeframes for delivery of items will be determined once the system is operational.

After construction is completed on the new entrance to the library on the Student Union side of the building (Fall 2020?) items requested from the ARC will be available at the new book checkout desk. Timeframes for delivery of items will be determined once the system is operational.

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