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September 2001

Release Date: September 20, 2001

Porter Henderson Library Gets New Interior Look, Furniture at ASU

The inside of Angelo State University's Porter Henderson Library is getting a makeover that will make it more convenient for patrons, more functional for staff and safer for everyone.

The most visible change is on the first floor where the Circulation Desk has been moved opposite the library entrance and where the Reference Desk area has been remodeled for patron convenience and comfort. A new Interlibrary Loan office is now on the site previously occupied by the Circulation Desk. Additionally, a fire alarm system has been installed on all three floors of the building.

Library Director Dr. Maurice Fortin said, "This is part of our ongoing effort to enhance the library environment for research and learning. Over the previous four years we have focused on expanding our on-line and data base resources and this year we have been upgrading our facilities."

The renovation is the first major work done on the library since it was constructed in 1967. Further, the new furniture replaces many of the original furnishings from the library's opening. The office furniture, particularly, was dated, lacking provisions for the computer stations that are used in all aspects of contemporary library work.

In all Fortin said more than $95,000 has been spent on the furniture, modular office areas and other materials to give the Porter Henderson Library its new look. In addition to the furniture purchased with university funds and through the Higher Education Assistance Fund, the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection bought five chairs and two sofas to furnish the newspaper area.

The new furnishings also include 130 "three-way" chairs, which are ergonomically constructed so that users can sit in a standard upright position or lean forward or backward on fixed positions on the chair legs. The chairs are complemented by a dozen new study tables.

In addition to the furniture for patrons, library staff members were given the option of selecting new desks appropriate to the tasks at their individual work stations.

Other changes accomplished over the past three years include new floor tiles on the second floor and in the technical services area as well as new carpet in several locations. Additionally, all of the light fixtures in the building have been replaced to provide better lighting for patrons. The floor tiles in the basement will be replaced over the Christmas break later this year.

In addition to these interior upgrades, plans are being developed to add an additional floor to the Porter Henderson Library with construction starting after Sept. 1 of next year.