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Saint Vincent board of directors approves $20 million library expansion

Jeff Himler
| Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8:10 p.m.
The proposed design for a library expansion for humanities and technology education at Saint Vincent College.
The proposed design for a library expansion for humanities and technology education at Saint Vincent College.

The board of directors at Saint Vincent College on Friday approved an expansion of the Latimer Family Library estimated to cost more than $20 million.

The two-story expansion will involve about 13,000 square feet on just under 2 acres at the campus.

College officials announced in December the project would provide space for art galleries and a technology information hub.

Suzanne English, the college's vice president of marketing and communications, said the project will provide “a variety of media to support teaching and learning, research and scholarship” and will include “expanded access to electronic resources and instructional technology, collaborative work spaces for faculty and students and interactive suites for small group study.”

The project previously was approved by the township planning commission. English said a groundbreaking ceremony will be April 25.

“We plan to release the full details of the expansion at that time,” she said.

Unity supervisors approved a site plan for the expansion March 8.

Township engineering consultant Dan Schmitt said the college doesn't expect additional sewage taps will be required for the building. An earth disturbance permit and plans for controlling stormwater, erosion and sedimentation must be approved, he said.

According to the college's website, the library offers a computer lab with Wi-Fi connectivity. It houses nearly 290,000 books and periodicals, including more than 100 rare volumes that are at least 500 years old, 99,000 microforms and 3,000 musical scores.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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