Hamma Library Undergoes Transformation

Students arriving on campus this fall will encounter some exciting new updates to the Hamma Library, including the addition of a learning commons and study area on the first floor.

Renovations on the library’s first floor began on June 6, when the periodical shelves were emptied and removed to make way for new carpeting. The library staff and a small volunteer force of seminary staff, students and spouses worked to remove and stack the periodicals in other areas of the library not slated for upgrades.  Director Ray Olson reported that nearly 2,000 linear feet of materials were stacked in the front lobby or relocated to the second and third floors as workers removed and replaced the carpeting.

The staff also took up temporary residence in Room 119 of the seminary, where Greek students and participants in the Summer Sampler program became accustomed to accessing materials throughout the summer months. Despite the temporary relocation, visitors and students noticed few disruptions in service.

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Hamma Library during renovations The completed Hamma Library renovations, ready for fall term

Computer Commons Replaces Computer Lab

The renovations include the addition of a computer commons that houses a new conference table with computers for use by students and the visiting public. The computer commons, located near the circulation desk, replaces the computer lab once located in the library’s basement. In addition, a collaborative conference area featuring a 55-inch smart screen for demonstrations and instruction was established on the south side of the library lobby.

The seminary Board of Directors approved funding for the project, siting the importance of offering students updated materials and space. “The seminary board saw this as an important and significant enhancement to our campus,” said Academic Dean Brad Binau.

Former Computer Lab Gets Makeover

With the computers moved to the first floor, the former computer lab was freshened with paint and new flooring and turned into a multi-purpose area that serves as part inventory space for Healthy Congregations Inc.and part meeting space for seminary-related groups and the Healthy Congregations staff.

Special Thanks

The Hamma Library renovations were made possible by a $166,500 estate gift from Trinity Alum, Alice Gwin '96. To learn more about how you can contribute, click here.