Growth and renovations planned for library facilities
Rendering of the Library Learning Complex.
CCU is planning to substantially grow and upgrade its library facilities. The University plans to build a $29.8 million Library Learning Complex adjacent to Kimbel Library, which will undergo a $15.5 million renovation of its own. Tentative completion date for the Library Learning Complex is Fall 2023, and Kimbel renovations will begin thereafter with a completion date slated for late 2024.
“I would maintain that at the core of any great institution is a great library,” said CCU President Michael T. Benson. “These projects will help to further improve and invigorate the center of our campus as new and renovated spaces for students to meet, study, collaborate, and learn come to fruition within the next few years.”
According to Melvin Davis, University librarian, the two-story, 64,000-square-foot Library Learning Complex will integrate much-needed student spaces and services with cutting-edge immersive technologies. The first floor will feature a large makerspace, a virtual reality lab, data visualization, and individual studios for video/audio production. It will also feature a large, open study area for collaboration and socialization. Library services such as instruction and research assistance and equipment checkout will be located in the facility. The second floor will house areas such as academic tutoring and student computing services. Additional group study rooms will be located throughout the building.
Kimbel Library renovation plans involve an interior redesign and reconfiguration to include designated space for archives and special collections, overflow group study space, multifunction instruction areas, reading and conference rooms, restroom upgrades, and new paint, carpet, and lighting. The plans also include a new HVAC system, suspended ceilings and associated lighting, and electrical upgrades to accommodate the new building’s features.