Although studying might not be UNC students' favorite pastime, the Undergraduate Library provides many with a cozy setting to deal with this necessary evil.
But the Undergrad won't be a homework haven for much longer.
Starting Dec. 19 at 5 p.m., the Undergrad will be closing its doors for a round of extensive renovations that will not be completed until nearly the end of 2002.
"We've been planning for these renovations since 1995," said Diane Strauss, associate University librarian for public services. "The process has had its fits and starts, but it is finally happening."
Renovations will include a new hands-on classroom for instruction on using the Internet to do research as well as group study rooms.
Academic Technology & Networks will also relocate its services from the basement of Wilson Library to a lower level of the Undergrad.
A new reserves reading area will allow students to access reserves materials, with a variety of texts available online. A new study lounge for students also will be included in the facility's floorplan.
Officials are welcoming the construction because renovation proposals for the library have been in the works since 1998. Originally submitted to the N.C. legislature as a capital improvement proposal, plans were not approved until the following year.
Plans then were stalled by the statewide funding needs after Hurricane Floyd devastated eastern North Carolina in September 1999. All capital improvement projects not already under way were put on hold until further funds became available.