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The Libraries is more than just a place to study and find resources critical for learning and research; it is also a hub of innovation and collaboration. At any time of day or night, you can walk through our buildings and find students and faculty from every college immersed in our collections, working in our learning spaces, and discovering and developing new ideas.
Students have access to leading-edge technologies here and work with our staff to apply those technologies to explore new ways of experiencing and creating information, preparing themselves for their future careers. Faculty members partner with our staff to enhance their research and solve society’s grand challenges, to create data visualizations that engage the public and to develop curriculum that responds to the evolving needs of their students.
Every semester, the Libraries reaches over 7,000 students through its instructional workshops as we introduce them to the tools that will make them more successful while at NC State, in applying to graduate school and on the job market.
The new Makerspace in D.H. Hill Jr. Library promotes and teaches making technologies like 3-D printing, 3-D scanning and laser cutting to students across campus. Since its opening in 2015, more than 1,000 students have benefited from this unique opportunity.
While the Makerspace is an example of the kind of opportunities we provide our users, the same can be said for our immersive visualization spaces, music rooms, digital media rooms and presentation practice rooms.
Faculty use our immersive visualization spaces and digital media and maker technologies to promote broad understanding of their research and create new research and learning environments and materials for their students.
Our subject specialists and research librarians are essential partners for faculty. The Libraries’ Alt-Textbook program is just one example of such a partnership. By helping faculty create customized, often digital materials instead of using traditional, overpriced textbooks, the Libraries has saved students over $200,000 and developed innovative approaches to teaching.
The Hunt Library has become a worldwide architectural icon, and — along with recent renovations in D.H. Hill Jr., such as the opening of its new Makerspace and Faculty Research Commons — has transformed the NC State University Libraries into the face of NC State in the 21st century.
The Libraries’ buildings are open at all hours and serve as an intellectual and social hub for students and faculty to gather and study, create and collaborate.
Our slate of diverse public programs — dozens and dozens each semester — celebrates the best of NC State and exposes students, faculty and the surrounding community to breakthroughs in fields ranging from science and engineering to the humanities.
Under the bold leadership of Susan K. Nutter, NC State University Libraries became and continues to serve as a role model for academic libraries worldwide. Other institutions now look to us when imagining their libraries of the future.
The NC State University Libraries has never been more successful. The Hunt Library has won almost every award imaginable for its iconic architecture on the outside and its technologies and collaborative spaces on the inside.
Susan K. Nutter, former vice provost and director of libraries, was named 2016 Academic Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries, and our librarians are recognized as some of the most forward-thinking librarians in the nation, with nine members of our staff named as “Movers and Shakers” in their field in the past 11 years — more than any other academic library.
In June 2016, the Libraries went to the White House to receive the 2016 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service — the highest honor a library can earn — from first lady Michelle Obama.
Best in the Nation
The NC State University Libraries is the first academic library in over a decade to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented by first lady Michelle Obama at a recent White House ceremony.
NC State University Libraries News More Stories
Remembering Susan K. Nutter
Former Vice Provost and Director of the NC State University Libraries Susan K. Nutter, who retired in 2017 after a 30-year career as one of NC State’s and the library world’s most dynamic and influential leaders, passed away on March 25. Nutter placed the Libraries at the center of the university's overall success, and her ability to connect with students, faculty, staff, alumni and colleagues was a hallmark of her extraordinary leadership, truly embodying NC State's "Think and Do" spirit.
Time to Give Back
Phyllis and Steven Rea – a College of Engineering graduate and Campaign Cabinet member – are giving back by establishing a named endowment for mechanical engineering collections at NC State University Libraries. The fund will provide resources for students, and particularly those in the College of Engineering, to prepare them for professional life after graduation
Second Annual Library Leaders Scholarships Awarded
NC State University Libraries is proud to announce Julia Velasquez and Chantal Warfield as recipients of the second annual Library Leaders Scholarships. Recognizing exemplary contributions by current students, the $2,500 awards come from the Library Leaders Scholarship Endowment, established to provide support for students working at the Libraries and to encourage students to consider pursuing advanced degrees in library science.