MSU Library Is Finally Facing Renovations

WICHITA FALLS, TX - It's a project that many say is long overdue, but now, the Moffett Library at Midwestern State will soon have a nearly 8 million dollar facelift.
Although the funds for the project to renovate this building were approved today, MSU students will have to wait a little longer before they can see work being done in here.
Regents will still have to go through a design phase, construction on this building could start at the beginning of next summer.
Clara Latham has been at MSU for the past 30 years, and as the librarian, she said renovations are long over due. 
Latham said, "I'm really excited, that's one of the things I've worked for a very long time with Dr. Weideman, Dr. Stuart, Dr. Rogers all wanted to do something with the library, we're finally going to be able to do that and so we're really excited to make it just more modern and accessible and an exciting fun place for the students to be." 
For several years, upgrading Moffett Library has been a top priority for officials at MSU but a lack of funding always held things back, that is until now. 
Msu president, Dr. Suzanne Shipley added, "we were lucky in the last legislative session to receive tuition revenue bond funding, so with that money, we're building one new building, we're renovating several others." 
In the Moffett Library, Dr. Shipley said her plans are to make it more open and install windows overlooking Taft Boulevard so that those driving by can see inside, where there will be a lot more going on.
"Students like to use the library as a place to congregate, work together, work on projects, practice their presentations so we want to have that kind of space available with smart boards, they can hook up their laptops and their computers on to some kind of network device," Latham stated.
The narrow halls will soon be wide enough, that will allow students in wheelchairs more access to find the materials they need.
Latham concluded by saying, "our bathroom hallways and the stalls in the bathroom are not ADA compliant, they're not wide enough so the bathrooms a re going to be renovated and at the same time, we're getting a new elevator.
As design plans for the new library get underway, Latham and her co-workers are trilled to see their plans finally come to fruition.
Dr. Shipley also commented on the progress of the new football stadium, she said she's hoping on having at least 70 percent of the funds for the project come directly from donors and so far,  out of the 7 donors they've asked, they've gotten a yes.
She finished by saying that she feels positive about the project.

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