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Kansas State to reopen first floor of fire damaged library

August 25, 2019

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Students returning to Kansas State for fall classes next week will be greeted by a new Hale Library.

A fire in May 2018 damaged 85% of the library’s interior. The building was undergoing renovations when the fire started.

The Manhattan Mercury reports the first floor will reopen Wednesday, after renovations funded by $7 million in donations and $58 million from the university’s insurance policy.

Library dean Lori Goetsch says the floor now features 14 collaboration rooms for student study spaces. Library officials hope to begin 24-hour operations from Sunday to Friday later this semester.

Eventually, the library will house an innovation lab and a second cafe. It also has a new sprinkler system.

Renovations on the rest of the library are expected to be complete by the end of 2020.

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Information from: The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury, http://www.themercury.com

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