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New Davis Library Service Desk To Open in January

Update, Jan. 7, 2016: Desk construction is expected to last through January. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Getting help in Davis Library will soon be easier thanks to the installation of a modern service desk over the winter break.

Once complete, the new desk at the front of the library will offer a convenient single stop for anyone with a question or with a book to check out or return.


The former desk was poorly suited to the activities of a modern library and tended to be more of a barrier than a service point, said Joe Williams, director of public services at the UNC Library.

“We work so closely with our patrons today. It can be hard to help people when a wall prevents you from sharing a computer screen or even carrying on a normal conversation,” said Williams.

The new desk will extend into the gallery area, making it easier to see and to approach it from different directions. A lower desk height will promote consultation and collaboration, and will also be wheelchair-accessible.

Davis Service Desk Installation Timeline

Construction will begin on Monday, December 14, the day after Winter Commencement, and will be complete in mid-January late January, shortly after classes resume.

During this time:

  • The area surrounding the old Davis Library front desk will be closed to the public and curtained off to contain dust and debris.
  • The Davis Library entrance door will serve as both the entrance and the exit.
  • Reference assistance and book check-in/check-out will be available at a temporary desk next to the main stairs.
  • Construction noise may carry through the first and second floors. We recommend using upper floors for quiet study.

Thank you for your understanding as we complete this project that will allow us to serve you better.



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