**UPDATE** Since this news item's release, the opening date for the entrance has changed to late February.
Over the past several years, UNC Charlotte’s rapid growth has shifted the center of campus northward as large construction projects such as the Student Union and new dormitories continue to emerge. Conversely, Atkins library’s main entrance faces southward, causing access challenges – and a lot of tired feet - for many patrons. Thankfully, this is all about to change.
As a result of pre-allocated University funding combined with UNC Charlotte’s Parent Donor Fund contributions, Atkins Library is opening a north-facing entrance this January, 2012. Additional group study space and new state-of-the-art media sharing technology is also being introduced as the space is retrofitted.
University librarian Stanley Wilder says, “We’re excited about the North Entrance, but even more so about the dazzling new study spaces, designed by and for students working collaboratively. What you’ll see there is what we hope to bring to the entire ground floor of Atkins.” Other plans are in development, with hopes to secure institutional and donor funding for Digital Scholarship Lab space, more private group study rooms, collaborative work spaces, and technology enhancements.