Library Renovations To Be Complete by Fall Semester

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The Library in the future
May 17 marked the first day of renovation to the Kent State University Library. The renovation will include the circulation area and facade of the building and is expected to be completed before students return in the fall.

Barbara Schloman, associate dean of public services at the Library, says the Library has had a number of renovations in the past, but it hadn’t been possible to tackle the lobby of the building until this project.

“The circulation area hasn’t been touched in the 40 years since the Library opened,” she says. “Without President Lester A. Lefton’s interest and support, this would not have happened.”

Schloman is hopeful the changes will attract new students to the university, as well as encourage even more current students to use the Library.

“I think this sort of face lift will act as a magnet to bring people in,” she says.

Michael Bruder, director of design and construction for Office of the University Architect, says the changes to the circulation area are meant to “brighten up the space.”

“We’ll be putting in new ceilings, lights, flooring and paint,” he says. “In addition to a new circulation desk, the lobby will now extend to two floors.”

Changes to the buildings faÇade, as well as extending the lobby, are meant to improve the Library entrance on to Risman Plaza.

“For such a busy building, the scale of the lobby was too small,” Bruder says. “There was actually some confusion as to where the main entrance to the Library was.”

Bruder says a small arch will also help define the entry to the Library from Risman Plaza.

The Library will remain open throughout the summer, and can be accessed through a temporary entrance on the north side of the building.

By Katie Young


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