Renovation begins a new chapter in library history
To keep pace with developing needs today, and prepare for the shifting demands of the future, improvements to Fondren Library Center are moving from "a dream to reality," announces Gillian M. McCombs, Dean and Director, Central University Libraries (CUL).
The proposed infrastructure upgrades and alterations to user spaces follow a new model for libraries as community hubs of interactive technology and collaborative learning that spark creativity and innovation. SMU leadership identifies the project as a key priority in supporting The Second Century Campaign's goals of enhancing student quality, faculty and academic excellence, and the campus experience.
The target date for completion is May 2016.
"Over the next 18 months we will be very busy hiring the architect, drawing up more detailed plans and developing a staging process," explains McCombs.
Estimated cost of the project is $18 million, with CUL raising $10 million. In this Year of the Library, the project provides supporters with an unparalleled opportunity to play a part in creating a 21st-century library.
To learn more, including information about naming opportunities, please contact Paulette Mulry, CUL Development Director, at 214-768-1741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Fondren Library Center project, including a slideshow of conceptual renderings, is available online at www.smu.edu/SecondCentury/Buildings/FondrenLibrary.