The Dick Smith Library on the campus of Tarleton State University is getting a major facelift.
The $1.9 million project, which began in August 2013, will provide a flexible, technology-rich setting to include group areas, presentation rooms, open study areas and quiet spaces.
Librarian Donna Savage said the improvements will offer multiple spaces and a great atmosphere to work in groups.
Architectural drawings on the library's webpage show there will be two digital diners, which include large monitors in which laptops can be displayed inside their own rooms, and two additional group rooms.
"We're really excited about the technology and the space we will be able to offer," Savage said. "It's important because most jobs require experience with technology and if you don't have experience with the newest technology then it makes it extremely tough to find a job."
Other renovated services include an expanded cafe/coffee bar, a multi-purpose meeting room and reference and periodical services. There will also be a new ITS Help Desk, Writing Center help and tutoring services.
"Having these three resources in one location really helps the students," Savage said. "Students won't have to go from building to building to get additional help and it will be easier overall."
The project is scheduled to be completed in April and Savage is excited about the first day it will be accessible to students.
"We're anxious to see how the students will react to the improvements. We really are anticipating that there will be a constant influx of students checking it out and using the new resources," she said.