Campus Renovations

Grove City College Library to See $9M Renovation

On the campus of Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., the Henry Buhl Library is in the middle of a $9-million renovation project. The library first opened in 1954 and has not seen any major improvements or construction work since then. About 75% of the building will undergo renovations like the addition of group study rooms, classrooms, a reading room, a lounge, a café, and a patio. It will also receive technology upgrades and additional power sources.

“The library is the major information center on campus, and we strive to support our students’ changing technology needs, study habits, and academic expectations in the 21st century,” said library director Barbra Munnell. “The renovation will enable the library to improve upon providing the academic support necessary to help students succeed while giving them ample space to work together, to study and to be a community of scholars.”

The new ground floor will play home to a large, flexible study space; a reference room; and the college’s writing center, registrar’s office and academic resource center. The first phase of the project—including installation of the second-floor library stacks—is scheduled to be complete by the end of the summer, before students return to campus. The second phase of construction is scheduled to begin in December and last through summer 2022.

About 1,500 shelves’ worth of books and almost 6,000 books and journals from the library were relocated for the duration of the construction project.

Grove City College received a grant of $2.5 million from the Pew Charitable Trust to help fund the renovations, while the majority of the expenses are being funded by donations.

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