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Byrd earmarks library money

September 25, 2000

Byrd earmarks library money



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D) has designated $400,000 for a major expansion of the library at Shepherd College.

The funding, if approved by Congress, will help offset construction cost increases for the project, which has been on the drawing board for about three years, said college President David L. Dunlop.

The library must be expanded and renovated to meet the needs of the growing college, Dunlop said.

Shepherd was initially built to serve about 1,500 students but now serves an estimated 4,500, Dunlop said.

The library is so cramped that some of its collection can't be put on shelves, Dunlop said.

"We view that as a good problem. It means the college is growing and it's vibrant," Dunlop said.

The college is planning to build an addition to the library that will be about 45,000 square feet, almost double the size of the current facility, according to Dunlop.

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About $10 million has been set aside for the project, including about $3.8 million Byrd has secured, according to officials at Byrd's office and the college.

Dunlop said the college has advertised for bids of the expansion, but the lowest bidder came in over budget. The $400,000 Byrd is trying to secure in a Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill would make up the cost overrun, Dunlop said.

Roughly another $3 million will be needed to renovate the existing library, which will be done as a separate project, Dunlop said. The Shepherd College Foundation is working to raise money for that part of the project, Dunlop said.

The first phase of the project may be completed by 2003, Dunlop said.

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