May 28, 2022

Kansas State University: “After $65 Million in Renovations, K-State’s Hale Library Begins Anew”

From The Mercury (Manhattan, KS):

Exactly 16 months after Hale Library caught fire, K-State’s dean of libraries Lori Goetsch walked not through rubble, but between plastic-covered chairs, tables and other library equipment on the library’s first floor Tuesday morning.

K-State Library (via Instagram)

The May 2018 fire led to smoke and water damage that destroyed 85% of the library’s interior. Although the library had just been weeks away from renovating the first floor, the damage ballooned the library’s renovation plans to include the whole place.

After $7 million in donations and $58 million from the university’s insurance policies so far, the library plans to open Hale’s first floor to students on Wednesday, just missing the first day of K-State’s fall semester.

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See Also: Hale Library Recovery Plan

See Also: Images via K-State Library on Instagram


Fire Shuts Down K-State’s Hale Library Until Further Notice (May 23, 2019)

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