Vacant Dugan Library space to be renovated, repurposed

By: Tejay Cleland, Editor-In-Chief

The spot in Dugan Library once occupied by the bookstore has been closed since Fall 2020. But soon, that space will be filled as part of a $1.5 million dollar renovation, said Newman President Kathleen Jagger.

Renovations are tentatively scheduled for this summer, Jagger said, and it will

modernize the library space and provide study spaces for students. Student Success Services also will relocate from Sacred Heart Hall into the new space.

“Really all of those things that are in the Runway Learning Center, like the testing center, all those kinds of things we are hoping will be in the library now,” Jagger said.  “So it will be a pretty much one-stop shop for everything.”

Along with Student Success Services, Jagger said, the university is also hoping to move the Admissions Welcome Center into the library.

Jagger said the decision was made in part to allow students to have another nice designated study space like the one in Bishop Gerber.

“People are always looking for more spaces to work together, and in Gerber and Eck, people use all that upstairs space really well,” Jagger said. “We just want to have a space where you can talk to somebody about Navigator. If you need help with advising, if you need help with student academic success, it will be accessible all in that one space.”

The university is already in the process of fundraising for the new library space, Jagger said.

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