Carpenter Library Community Engagement & Giving

Library Commons

Step into the Library and feel the passion of the academic hub of UNF. Feel the diversity, drive, dedication and focus that fills the building at all hours. People come to access library expertise, materials and equipment and to collaborate and exchange ideas with students and professors.

The University of North Florida needed a teaching, learning and research center to serve students today, and tomorrow. Therefore the Library Commons was designed to enhance our vibrant learning community and bring to UNF the cutting edge, collaborative teaching technology and comfort of the nation's top universities. Though the Library Commons renovation is well underway, the Library currently has outstanding needs in order to bring its original and full vision to completion.

Clustered around whiteboards, learning around laptops and collaborating around group-study tables, students still need more technology, more space and more equipment in order to succeed in today’s academic environment.

Naming Opportunities

Gifts made for the following naming opportunities will be listed as "Gold Library Osprey" in the online Recognition pages.

Available Naming Opportunities: First Floor

current events area floorplanA “get-a-way” area, this space provides seating with couches and stools for a group to meet, perhaps with a faculty member, to watch a news program or major event. In this private nook, about 18 people can convene in a cozy environment while watching, for example, the unfolding of big news or the UNF basketball team play in the NCAA championships.

A gift of $10,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $2,000 per year.

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A librarian is available to answer questions at the Instructional Research Center. An interactive center, students and faculty receive personal, one-on-one assistance and help with problem solving. Phone calls, online questions via “chat” and email are answered here. A gift to this project will assist in providing an interactive touchscreen to provide the best possible service.

A gift of $10,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $2,000 per year.

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This station provides a mobile media scape for collaboration and group work. The computer is accessible with a large screen for use by approximately six people.

Upon entering the Library, one is immediately welcomed by employees at the Main Service Desk. A prominent and visible location, this area houses librarians as well as staff from the ITS help desk. Students, faculty, staff, and friends access laptops and IPADS, check out materials and borrow dry erase markers consistently throughout the day and night.

A gift of $20,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $4,000 per year.

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The Large Study Area is often the location for Public Services activities, including “haunted Halloween” and PAWS for stress, where students and faculty can participate in large group sessions. Student surveys for planning and research assessment are often conducted here. Four tables of 10 chairs can easily accommodate a class or larger study groups. Unique artwork by a former Walt Disney World employee, John Votel, is displayed here. Two individual study stations offer quiet space in this group area.

Thanks to Ron Chamblin of Chamblin Book Mine. His gift of $30,000 was pledged and will facilitate transformative student experiences and their success!

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The Collaborative Centerpiece is the epi-center of the first floor. This area provides a home away from home where 50 or more students can gather around mobile tables, sit on a modern couch, and utilize built in coffee trays. It is the place to meet, to gather and to be. A gift will help complete the artistic component of what is affectionately known as “The Regard”. When completed it will be a dramatic and unique centerpiece reflecting the artists design echoing the Carpenter Library theme of “Connect, Explore, Soar."

A gift of $50,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $10,000 per year.

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Available Naming Opportunities: Second Floor

Study Rooms (8) $5,000 - 2 of 8 GOALS MET!

current events area floorplanTen study rooms are available for group or individual work in a private and quiet environment. These rooms may be reserved in advance so students are assured of a location. There is a computer, dry erase board, table and chairs available in each room.

A gift of $5,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $1,000 per year.

Two study rooms have been named:

  • Room 2104 - Gifted by Walter R. Graham, Jr., M.D. in memory of his father, Walter R. Graham, M.D.
  • Room 2105 - Gifted by Walter R. Graham, Jr., M.D. in memory of his sister, Jane Hinson Graham.

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Similar to the one on the first floor, there are five stations available on the second floor. These stations provide a mobile "MediaScape" for collaboration and group work. The computer is accessible with a large screen for use by approximately six people through a centralized “puck” system for connectivity. There are two, of the five stations, that provide two monitors for more visibility and additional data display.

A gift of $10,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $2,000 per year.

A gift of $10,000 was pledged by Lisa Davis, BA '97 and her company Analytics Partners to fund this "MediaScape"

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A librarian is available to answer questions at the Instructional Research Center. An interactive center, students and faculty receive personal, one-to-one assistance and help with problem solving.

A gift of $10,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $2,000 per year.

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Commonly requested by students, a Presentation Practice Room, provides a secluded room with technology, screen and mobile podium for individuals and groups to prepare class presentations. A large window overlooking the campus green allows for natural light as students record many rounds of practice.

A gift of $15,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $3,000 per year.

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Two specialized study rooms are outfitted with smart boards, dry erase boards, and desks for 25 students. The possibilities for student and faculty use continue to be examined with ideas for a 3D printing club, music listening room, tutoring and technology experiments. A large window looks out to campus buildings and green area.

A gift of $15,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $3,000 per year.

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TA large room with café-style tables, high top chairs and rounds, and benches with stools provides students with an area to congregate. Fraternity and sorority check-in books are located in this high traffic location. A mural of an osprey may be displayed on one of the large walls promoting the UNF spirit. This room can accommodate large groups for collaborative study.

A gift of $15,000 may be pledged over three years and paid in increments of $5,000 per year.

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Two research classrooms are equipped with approximately 35 computers each. One is often used for “overflow” computer usage by the students especially during peak times such as finals week. These classrooms are the instructional centers of the Library where online distance learning courses, professional development, and training courses are taught as well as faculty and staff orientation. One stop and transfer student sessions are available here as well.

A gift of $30,000 may be pledged over five years and paid in increments of $6,000 per year.

See also Tap Into Tech tab at left for additional information.

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Success Story: Perdue Study Area - Tutoring & Research Consultation

An in-kind gift of $25,000 was donated by Perdue Office Interiors & Vince McCormack to deliver an important peer-to-peer Tutoring & Research Consultation department with a footprint of over 400 square feet on the Library's second floor.

Six, large study cubicles are available for group or individual work in a private and quiet environment. These rooms are assigned critical subject matters such as Math, Chemistry, Writing, Research Processes and more to help advance students experiencing difficulty with core classes. There is a computer, dry erase board, table and chairs available in each room. Tutors are available on the weekends and until 8pm weekdays.

Success Story: Cynthia and Walter R. Graham, Jr., M.D. Student Art Gallery

On June 20, 2017 UNF Curator of Galleries and professor Jim Draper collaborated with students to install the first showcase of student art at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.  

Underwritten by Cynthia and Walter R. Graham Jr., M.D., this Student Art Gallery becomes the first formal, professional, curation space populated by student art and curated by the student's themselves under the leadership of Prof. Draper. This space will provide art students with an additional means of gaining valuable gallery experience and exposure for their artwork.  In the fall an event will be held to celebrate this important space and to recognize our generous donors.  Stay tuned as we announce future shows!

The inaugural show of student created, hand-pulled prints is in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville's Summer Arts Series.