DePauw University is resuming its renovatoin the Roy O. West Library, which was paused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The university says the $30 million project will begin next month after approvals from the DePauw Board of Trustees.
The project was first announced in January 2020 with plans to begin work the following March. The university says the project will transform the library into a “hub for multi-media, group collaboration, research, social interaction, advanced technology resources and individual study.”
The renovated library will feature 12,000 square feet of new space, including a reading and study room with a two-story atrium. It will also provide space for the Tenzer Technology Center, study rooms, a virtual reality and maker lab, and modern archival storage and services, among other amenities.
“An outstanding library, equipped with resources, collaborative space and technology as a 21st-century learning environment, is the academic heart of a campus,” President Lori White said in a news release. “With those great benefits in mind, and with the recognition of ever-rising costs of construction, our university’s fiscal leaders deemed it prudent to move forward with this transformation as an important investment in the long-term future of our university.”
White says the university has raised more than $23 million for the renovation from donors. The university did not provide an estimated time frame for completion.