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Shepherd library project funding released

March 26, 2001

Shepherd library project funding released



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


Shepherd College has most of the money it needs for an extensive expansion and renovation of its library, a college official said.

Last week, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released $5.9 million to the college and $399,120 to the Town of Shepherdstown for continuing expansion and renovation of the Scarborough Library.

To date, Byrd has worked to secure a total of $10.2 million in federal funds for the project. The state has pitched in another $5.5 million, said Alan Perdue, an attorney for the college.

State and federal funds allocated so far may be enough to pay for the project, although college officials are not sure at this point, Perdue said last week.

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The library must be expanded and renovated to meet the needs of the growing college, Shepherd College President David Dunlop has said.

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

The library is so cramped for space that some parts of its collection cannot be put on shelves, Dunlop said.

The college has started building an addition to the library that will be about 45,000 square feet, almost double the size of the current facility, according to Dunlop. That segment of the project, which could be completed by April of next year, is projected to cost $7.6 million, Perdue said.

The $5.9 million that was released last week for the project was secured through an omnibus budget package in Congress, said Perdue, who called Byrd's success in raising money for the expansion "extraordinary."

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