Libraries are still centers of knowledge. However, like everything in today’s world, it has adapted and evolved with technological changes.

Libraries are still centers of knowledge. However, like everything in today’s world, it has adapted and evolved with technological changes.

Such is the story of the Paul Hoghaug Library, which recently underwent a renovation and added a learning commons atmosphere. Learning commons are the learning spaces that share space for information technology, remote or online education, tutoring, collaboration, meetings, reading, study, and more.

The renovation took place over the Christmas holiday break. Students returned to an area transformed to meet their needs. The project had no new construction. “It was a renovation of current space,” said Erin Wood, LRSC Director of College Relations.

An open house and ribbon cutting will take place Thursday, May 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ribbon cutting will take place at 5 p.m. The 13,655 square feet of space was renovated and then updated with new fixtures, furnishings, technology, and learning materials.

The first library renovation took place in 1995 when the college took part of South Hall (a men’s residence) and converted it into library space. “That renovation was right after the college’s 50th anniversary and it just happens this renovation took place after our 75th anniversary,” said Elonda Nord, Executive Director of the Community College Foundation who also chaired the renovation project when interim library director.

A large portion of the project was funded with a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. Things the Learning Commons includes: •Two private study rooms •Three individual study booths •Community Classroom with SmartBoard •Recording studio •14 desktop computers available in the Learning Commons •12 laptops available for checkout •Multiple stations for students to use laptops •Big Screen TV •Large volumes of e-books •Printer in the Learning Commons •Two height adjustable desks •New reading areas •Many shelves of books, reference material, and past issues of magazines in the back that are available for students, faculty, staff and community members to browse and checkout.