In early Sept. 2005, the Libraries received a $30,000 lead gift from the Schumacher Foundation of Dover, Mass. The check enabled the Libraries to move forward with the renovation and refurbishment of the Crouch Fine Arts Library, located on the third floor of Moody Memorial Library.
Along with this grant, additional gifts from Library Fellows and other donors provided for new vinyl flooring, paint for the walls, materials to update the service desk and the addition of 12 Herman Miller work stations for listening and viewing. These “pods” are ergonomically correct for users and provide a modern and inviting atmosphere.
The final phase of the renovation project will be the addition of a new group study area for students. This will be completed by the end of the spring 2006 semester.
Our students and the Libraries are grateful to the Schumacher Foundation and to all of the generous donors who helped make this project a success. Last year, over 35,000 patrons utilized the Fine Arts Library for study or interactive learning. No doubt the updated facility will only increase the usage of this high-traffic area.
- John Wilson