Regents approve $18 million for library improvements

Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Board of Regents approved an $18 million budget to renovate the University of Alaska Fairbank's Rasmuson Library.

The renovation is scheduled to be completed in August 2002.

With the exception of a roof replacement early last decade, no major work has been done at the library in 30 years. The building can't be shut down for the 16 months of renovation, so construction workers will attack the project floor by floor.

The heating and circulation systems will be replaced completely, the data communications system will be upgraded, exterior lighting and the south entrance will be improved, among other projects.

''This is a key part of the Fairbanks campus and we want to do the best we can to bring it up to the standard that our library deserves,'' Chancellor Marshall Lind said of Friday's decision.

The library holds much of the state's most important archival history, including political papers, pictures, film, video and oral histories. It also holds 1.75 million volumes and is the state's largest library.

''We will have a building that is environmentally and climatically good for the collections we have,'' Lind said, ''and a place students will be more comfortable and faculty and staff will be more comfortable.''

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