GCC library set for make over, technology update

Published:April 10, 2013
Written by Carly Q. Romalino

DEPTFORD - A million-dollar investment in Gloucester County College’s library would update study areas that have been unchanged since the 1980s, and provide upgrades to technology.

Tuesday night, the colleges’ board of trustees considered the project that would cost more than $1.4 million, which would be provided by Chapter 12 funds — the oldest state assistance for county colleges. Pennsauken-based Newport Construction was awarded a $821,000 contract for the library work to a design by Garrison Architects of Marlton.

The library, built in 1988, has been well maintained, but needs upgrades to meet the needs of students, according to college President Fred Keating.

“While we are not adding square footage, better use of space and new furniture will allow students to study collaboratively,” he said.

The library will get new circulation and reference desks, furniture and bookshelves, carpet, paint ceiling tile grids and lighting.

“Other improvements will result in more advanced technology, including 100 new computers for student use, more available e-books, and the addition of study booths,” Keating added.

In 2010, the college completed its $2.8 million Physical Education Center renovation project, also paid for with Chapter 12 funds.



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