Anne Arundel Community College recently kicked off the $21.9 million Andrew G. Truxal Library renovation and addition project with a daylong celebration that included refreshments, unveiling of a library memorabilia exhibit, solicitation of memories about the 44-year-old facility and a noon project launch.
AACC President Martha A. Smith, Ph.D., and Truxal Library Director Cindy Steinhoff described the project to the 45 students, faculty, staff and community members attending the program and then cut cakes to official launch the project. The library memorabilia exhibit is on display until July, when the building’s 2nd and 3rd floors will close for the project.
AACC is renovating the 43,750 gross square foot building and constructing a 31,330 gross square foot addition. First-floor student services were relocated in March to Annex A, Annex B and the Careers Center Building on campus. In July, the college will move the library’s collection of more than 140,000 books, more than 200 periodicals and an audiovisual collection of about 10,000 items plus library staff, furniture and equipment to a large modular building on the tennis courts.
“A project of this scope and importance, as I’m sure you can imagine, takes vision, dedication and a lot of hard work,” Smith told the crowd.
“We’re calling this a transition to a 21st century library,” Steinhoff said. “Other than a small renovation project in the 1980s, this building looks and operates as it did when it opened in 1967.”
The college plans to reopen the renovated building and its addition in August 2012 in time for fall credit classes. The library serves more than 200,000 students and community members annually. For information on the library project, visit www.aacc.edu/library/renovation.