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11/20/02 - Construction Kick-Off Planned for Spruill Family Learning Resources Center and Hill Freeman Library

Thursday, November 21, 2002 - 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Renovation to the Hill Freeman Library on Reinhardt College's main campus in Waleska, Ga., will begin in mid-December 2002. Please come celebrate the renovation and expansion of the valuable community resource. View the plans, meet the architect and construction manager, see what has been demolished and enjoy refreshments. The celebration will be in the lower level of the library.

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Background on the project- to be published, or has been published, in on-campus publications:

Library Project: Paying Nickels & Getting Dimes (to run in summer/fall 2002 Reinhardt Report - to be distributed in about 11/20/02)

"This design is fine architecture," said library consultant Shawn Tonner, who has also worked on libraries at Agnes Scott, Young Harris and Emory. "It's like paying nickels and getting dimes." The completed Spruill Family Learning Resources Center improves upon the original Hill Freeman Library design by creating a flexible space that will serve library patrons for many years to come, she said.

Throughout the summer, the library staff, the Library Board and Tonner worked with the architects to refine the plans and articulate what a Reinhardt library in the 21st century needed to be. They brainstormed, considered wild ideas, as well as core concepts. They asked questions and learned from other libraries.

The resulting structure, which expands and reconfigures the Hill Freeman Library, will span three stories. The impressive 4,000 square-foot addition faces the Campus center and features a new entry and elevator. Also anticipated are more books, additional computer spaces, an expanded reference area, a copier center, group and individual study rooms, more offices and an enhanced terrace.

Acquisition Librarian Joel C. Langford anticipates that students will appreciate having distinct areas dedicated to different activities. The upper floor will be for quiet study. The bottom floor will be a lively "buzz floor" with displays to catch the attention of "passer-bys."

This project began two and a half years ago with recommendations from a Blue Ribbon Task Force. The demolition on the lower level was completed in September, and construction will begin in mid-December. Project completion is slated for summer 2003.

Funding for the project is being derived from donations from two important Atlanta foundations, combined with very generous gifts from Onnie Mae Spruill and Ethel Warren Spruill.

Library Services Addressed through Renovation, Expansion (published winter/spring Reinhardt Report June 2002)

Imagine this: a three-story library with a beautiful entrance facing the Campus center. More books, a bigger computer lab, an expanded reference area, a special collections room, a copier center. Individual and group study rooms, more offices. A 4000-square-foot addition. All these features and more will be included in the Spruill Family Learning Resources Center.

This project began two years ago with recommendations from a Blue Ribbon Task Force chaired by Trustee Ken White '61 of Dalton, Ga. The initial stage added computers and furniture in the Hill Freeman Library in 2000 and was funded by Building Foundations for Life Capital Campaign gifts made in 1998.

Acquisitions Librarian Joel C. Langford agreed, saying the work will "continue to make Reinhardt's library a more inviting and comfortable place. It will make it a place where students want to come to do research and study."

The Hill Freeman Library was built in 1969. The College's transition to four-year status made the original structure and its contents obsolete.

"We have been very deficient on those [collection size and library resources], so building the book collection, as well as providing more space for students, was really necessitated by this change [to four-year status]," Langford said. "We hope to eventually have at least 100,000 volumes." The College currently has 45,000 volumes, with almost 3000 purchased this year.

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