Kansas State University's Hale Library set to reopen first floor on August 28th

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Sixteen months after the devastating fire that damaged Kansas State University’s Hale Library, members of the media were given a tour of the first floor, the Dave and Ellie Everitt Learning Commons.

After completing the recovery, demolition, salvage and renovation phases, Hale Library’s first floor will soon be open to the public.

With $7 million dollars in private donations and more than $58 million coming from insurance, the renovations and restoration of Hale Library, you will see familiar features and some more modern additions.

New with these renovations are walls made of whiteboards, and collaboration workspaces, which can be reserved for group project work.

“It seems…both fast and slow at the same time. I think when we were going through the recovery process, which involved demolition and all of that, it seemed like it was taking forever, until we were going to see the results that we see today.” Kansas State University, Dean of Libraries, Lori Goetsch says.

Hale Library will open the first floor, which is named for KSU alumni, Dave and Ellie Everitt who donated to the renovation, on Wednesday, August 28th.