Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Library - buildingHow does your gift help empower and transform students?


The UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library is a dynamic center of inquiry with energy and opportunity not found on many campuses.

A university library is more than books and computers. It empowers students to access and explore the world’s knowledge, engage in intellectual inquiry and develop information-seeking and research skills for lifelong learning.

Your gift to the Carpenter Library enables us to bring the latest information resources and services to our students. Private support is essential because tuition and state funds do not cover the full cost of maintaining current subscriptions or acquiring new resources to support changing academic program needs.

Library Endowments: $750,000 

Endowed funding is needed to assure a strong base of ongoing support to maintain and build library collections and resources. The library seeks to add new endowed funds for acquisition of special resources for the University’s flagship and graduate programs.

Annual Funds: $250,000

 The Library Dean’s Excellence Fund and other annual gifts respond to special needs of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, such as renovations to create a program/lecture room and group collaboration space. Library - aisle 

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library: 

A 2005 library renovation and addition created an expansive, inviting space seating up to 2,000 students for studying, group work and computer access. In 2007, the library saw a 33 percent increase in patrons served over the previous year. While most users are students and faculty, members of the community also take advantage of the library. 

Library staff help students access information resources in today’s ever-changing information environment. Librarians teach classes and work individually with students on research methods and effective use of resources. They also collaborate with other campus departments to offer special services, including a study program for student athletes.

Students can access resources at home and abroad as the library continues to make more information and assistance available electronically. The library holdings include more than 59,000 electronic books and journals.

The library connects the community to the history of UNF. Special collections and university archives include manuscripts by political leaders, papers written by historical figures, documents about local history, and first editions of the works of Florida authors. Plans to add a meeting room for programs and lectures will enhance the library’s service to the campus and the region.

Library - studyingThe Library at a Glance:  

  • 199,000 square feet
  • 800,000 printed volumes
  • 98,000 audio and video sources
  • 300 public computer workstations
  • 80-seat library instruction lab
  • 45 library faculty and support staff
  • 16 group study rooms
  • Three glass-enclosed reading rooms

“As an out-of-state student, I searched for a university that could be my home away from home. I visited the University of North Florida and was impressed to see so many students using the library. The Thomas G. Carpenter Library was the most important influence in my decision to attend UNF and has enriched my college experience in numerous ways. I am able to conduct my honors thesis research with the assistance of caring and professional reference librarians and I can meet fellow students to work on group projects. The library is central in the education of UNF students; it’s the one place on campus where everyone belongs.”

Kelley L. Thompson,
Junior, Political Science major with a minor in Philosophy and concentration in International Relations 

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