University of the Cumberlands receives $5 million grant for library renovations

Hannah Reynolds The University of the Cumberlands will be renovating their library thanks to a $5 million grant from the Grover Hermann Foundation.

Staff say the renovations will help accommodate the students' needs for technology, resources, and space.

"In terms of student needs, we would like to see more technology available. We would really like to add a maker-space. Because students come in and they say we would like to be bale to record something for class. And, we do not have a place that is really available to do that," says Carrie Byrd, Reference and Instruction Librarian.

University staff say the building was originally built in the 1960's and not a lot of renovations have been done to the building since.

The new name of the library will be the Grover M. Hermann Learning Center.

Brandstetter Carroll Architectural Firm is making the proposed architectural plans, and plan to include additions like a coffee bar, technology booth, and adding an elevator.

Work is expected to begin within a year and the total cost of the library renovations are estimated at $7.8 million.

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