Why do we need a new Library?

The current UTC Library opened in 1974 - obviously our university has changed significantly in the last 40 years! While renovations have been made over the years to accommodate new technologies, materials, and learning styles, the UTC campus has grown more than the existing library can handle. 

For example:

Number of students enrolled in UTC chart


Number of materials in the library chart


library seating chart

Why are there less seats now than in 1974?  As the library grew by adding computers, books, printers, and other materials, as well as hiring more library employees, there was less space available for students to work in. The new library will solve that problem as there will be significantly more space:

Library Square footage chart

Did You Know?

  • A renovation and expansion to the library has been on the UTC Capital Project list since before 1990.
  • In 2000, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission found the current library building deficient by 58,575 square feet.

The Facts

  • Project Funded: July 2007
  • Target Completion Date: December 2014
  • Anticipated Opening: Spring 2015
  • Project Dollar Amount: 48 million
  • Estimated Gross Sq. Ft.: 180,000 over 5 floors
  • Estimated Usable Sq. Ft.: 126,000 – 144,000
  • Site Location: Corner of Vine and Douglas, adjacent to Chamberlain Field
  • Project Architect: Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson/Artech (Joint Venture)
  • Project Timeline:
    • November 2007 to January 2009: Draft program statement
    • February 2009 to August 2010: Prepare design and construction documents
    • September 2010 to April 2011: Submit final document to Tennessee State Fire Marshall for approval
    • May 2011 to June 2011: Bidding and contract award process
    • July 2011 to December 2014: Construction of new library, furniture move-in, and information technology installations
    • Spring 2015: Move in to new library building

The Details

The new LEED-certified library is chock-full of new strategic campus partnerships and is envisioned as the premier location for student academic needs outside the classroom. New and expanded partnerships represented in the new building include: Art Department, Center for Advisement, Copy Services, Graduate Student Association, Information Technology Division, Office of Students with Disabilities, Online Education, Southern Writers, Teaching Resource Center, and Writing Center. This state-of-the-art facility was designed with a robust technological infrastructure and had themes of transparency, collaboration, and flexibility, student access and success at the core of the building planning processes.