Space Planning, Innovations, Renovations and Enhancements (SPIRE)

Engage in systematic planning for facilities improvements, including innovations with new technology, renovations of existing spaces, and comprehensive enhancements to the entire library infrastructure.

SPIRE will provide general master planning activities for the Library facilities located on the main campus in Greensboro, NC, followed by programming for the first phase of the comprehensive renovation. The scope of the project includes:

  • A description and current state assessment of the Jackson Library facilities for both architecture and engineering needs and concerns;
  • A program statement describing the Libraries’ plan and projections for growth, expansion, and transformation through new resources and services in response to the changing needs of the University community;
  • An analysis of the square foot deficits and gaps between the Libraries’ projected facility needs and its current state, including utility infrastructure (codes and regulations), and program support;
  • Recommendations based on considerations of current and future technology needs and the infrastructure to support such anticipated needs for decades to come;
  • Expanded capabilities in spaces for teaching and inviting larger groups onto campus for conferences and meetings, spaces for projected growth of unique collections that serve as a signature for the larger institution;
  • Investigation of options for partnerships with other campus departments (such as enrollment management needs for a student welcome center) and/or other area libraries for collaborative efforts to mutually benefit shared constituencies;
  • Exploration of potential partnerships with surrounding community municipal and commercial groups for synergistic programs and services in expanded and renovated spaces;
  • A recommendation for the sequence of intervention, renovation, and construction to incrementally develop library facilities to support the needs of the campus and the academic community to move the University Libraries toward realization of its long-term vision;
  • Consideration for current footprint on campus and the possibility of off campus engagement for materials of service relocation as would be needed or appropriate.

Historical Context and Background

Established in 1891 and now serving more than 20,000 students in nearly two hundred undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees and programs, UNC Greensboro is the largest and most diverse university in the Piedmont Triad. Learner-centered, inclusive and collaborative, the University is a source of innovation and leadership for the state and the region, integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service.

The Walter Clinton Jackson Library stands at a crossroads in the University. From its beginnings in 1905 as a Carnegie Library in the Forney Building, through the move to its present location, expansion with the Tower addition in 1974, and connection to the Elliott University Center in 2005, the Library has pursued its mission to foster the success and impact of the UNC Greensboro community by promoting learning, inspiring creativity, and enhancing research and collaboration in a diverse and innovative environment. Located in the geographic center of the campus, the Library is ideally positioned to be a thoroughfare and hub of activity, connecting students, current and prospective, to academic, cultural, and social centers on campus, as well as to the Greensboro community and the larger society.

It has been more than forty years since the last major capital investment in Jackson Library; the Library’s time has come. A sustained initiative to upgrade and replace aging mechanical systems, address life safety and code issues, and enhance existing infrastructure should be accompanied by a strategic learner-focused and community-based effort to repurpose, revitalize, and expand public and staff spaces to engage and support twenty-first century students and scholars. Such a multi-faceted, multi-year, multi- million dollar effort will enable Jackson Library to continue to play a vital role in the life of the academic community, and to contribute to the success of the University for another generation.

Jackson Library Timeline

Project Team Members:

Michael Crumpton
Will Cook
Lenny Caudil
Delana Reinard
Leigh Seager
Christopher Hodgkins

For more information, please contact Micheal Crumpton at or 336.334.5880.