Tuesday, February 2, 2010

College Library Off Limits Since 2008

Link to February philly.com report, "College students upset about long-locked library". (via Twitter)

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.

Langston Hughes Memorial Library online newsletter.

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