$23.5 Million Makeover at University of Arkansas Library to Add Seating, Restore Books
From the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
The main campus library at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville has temporarily closed two floors to prepare for an estimated $23.5 million renovation.
The 18-month renovation project, once complete, will add seating for students and return some books to the library, said Dennis Clark, UA’s library dean since August.
The annual circulation report shows that the number of initial checkouts — not counting renewals — fell to 23,207 in the 2018-19 academic year, a 19% decline from 28,653 in the 2017-18 academic year.
The 19% year-over-year decline, which came about after the removal of books from Mullins, was more than double the previous year’s decline of about 7%, when new circulations fell to 28,653 in 2017-18 from 30,765 in the 2016-17 academic year.
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