Excerpt: In her nearly three years at Lincoln University, Amelia Sherwood has only been able to access the campus library for a few months.
The junior education major has done most of her studying in a computer lab since the Langston Hughes Memorial Library closed in 2008 for $17 million in renovations. The building, surrounded completely by a chain-link fence, is not scheduled to reopen until 2011.
"It looks like it's in a jail," Sherwood said of the library. "They've locked up learning."
Officials at Lincoln, a quasi-public university outside Philadelphia, say their hands are tied by state bureaucracy and funding delays. In the meantime, the historically black school has set up a temporary facility in modular trailers, with librarians' offices, study space, computer rooms and a circulation desk; students can request books from the main library and receive them within a day.
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