Texas Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Houston, recently broke ground on its new Library Learning Center. Construction of the new five-story, $43 million building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.
In addition to library space, the 137,000-square-foot building will include space for the university’s online and distance education programs, administrative offices, a board room, and offices for student support services.
Austin A. Lane, president of Texas Southern University, stated that “this new Library Learning Center will serve as an intellectual hub not only for the university, but for the community at large. Students, academics, and library patrons will have an array of resources at their fingertips. The library at Texas Southern will become a landmark on our campus.”
Glenn O. Lewis, chair of the university’s board of regents, added that “the influence this new Library Learning Center will have on the lives of Texas Southern University students will last for generations. We look forward to a library that is efficient and dedicated to serving all aspects of higher learning from serving a freshman just stepping onto campus to a doctoral student doing research looking for that next breakthrough to serve society.”