Millersville University is wrapping up work on its $25 million library renovation.
“Faculty and staff are now occupying the newly renovated library and it will reopen for students by fall 2013,” said college spokeswoman Janet Kacskos.
Kacskos said funding for the renovation of the 43-year-old building will include an estimated $20.1 million for design and construction and $1.6 million for furniture and equipment from state funds, $2 million from fundraising and $1.7 million from the university.
Formerly known as the Ganser Library, the facility has been renamed the Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum in honor of MU’s former president, who retired in January.
The library’s upgrades include elevators, group study rooms, balconies, computer labs and bathrooms, Kacskos said. There also will be a 24-hour study room and a sculpture garden designed by Millersville’s art and biology departments. The fifth floor, previously uninhabitable due to “bulky outdated machinery,” has been transformed into study rooms for students and space for staff, with much natural lighting.
Companies working on the project include Highland Associates, Aaron Cohen Associates, Caldwell Heckles and Egan Inc., Jay R. Reynolds Inc., Matchline Mechanical, MBR Construction Services and S.A. Comunale.