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MSU Staff Still Hopeful Tuition Revenue Bonds will Pass Special Session

MSU's dream for a new library might stay just that---a dream.  That's if the Texas Senate doesn't pass or discuss tuition revenue bonds during their second special session.

Midwestern State University is one of the more than 60 Texas colleges waiting on the governor to decide if he'll add the tuition revenue bonds issue to the second special session agenda; funding MSU would use to renovate the Moffett Library.

"It hasn't been renovated in 30 years, so it's in bad need of updating and refresh," Marilyn Fowl, vice president of business affairs and finance.

Plus, Fowl says students now use libraries for different reasons.

"They're not apt to go into the library and go through rows and rows of books trying to find what they need.  They'd rather go online and do a quick data search or google search that way," Fowl says.

And Moffett Library isn't fully ADA compliant.

"It was built before you had a lot of accessibility issues.  We need to upgrade the bathrooms.  We don't have an elevator to the third floor," Fowl says.

MSU staff wants to renovate the library for all those reasons and more, but if tuition revenue bonds don't pass in the special session...

"We'll do as much as we can do on our own, but it's going to be dramatically different," Fowl says.  "It will probably just be more cosmetic: Some paint, some carpeting."

The library of today will have to wait and perhaps be a goal for tomorrow, that is, the next legislative session in 2015.

And if the tuition revenue bonds issue passes this session, the librarians would decide what to do with the books that wouldn't be transferred to the new library.

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