Library closes for renovation

The Hollis F. Price library is undergoing a face lift this scholastic year. Interior and exterior renovations are being completed on the architecturally award-winning facility. The beautification process began on Aug. 31 and is expected to be completed by mid-October, said Jesse Chatman, executive director of Administrative Services.

“Over the years, the library’s structure has deteriorated and this project is focused on improving its appearance,” Chatman explained. “The concrete columns on the outside of the building have broken off, and the iron rods have been exposed from the crumbling concrete.”

“The Hollis F. Price library is one of the oldest buildings on campus and has deteriorated, becoming a safety hazard for students,” said Annette Berhe-Hunt, library director.

“The paint on the interior is peeling and there are cracks in the wall,” she said. “The ceilings leak and show signs of water damage. The glass windows are so weak that we have to move furniture and resources away from the window when it rains so they are not damaged.”

The library’s interior is receiving a new paint job, cracks are being fixed, and the job is generating lots of dust and fumes, causing the library to be closed.  

In the meantime, students can receive assistance from the library staff in the Teaching and Learning Center on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hunt said.

All computer labs are open and available to students. Students also have been advised to use the Benjamin L. Hooks Library or the Ned R. McWherter Library at The University of Memphis.

“We were lucky enough to receive a grant from Title lll for funding for renovations of the library,” Chatman said. “No other buildings on campus are scheduled to be renovated, but the Bruce Hall gymnasium is expected to get a new roof.”