Lamar University awarded millions to support transformative library renovations

The Texas Legislature has approved $44.9 million in capital construction assistance to support the renovation of the Mary and John Gray Library at Lamar University. This funding, approved in mid-October as part Senate Bill 52, will support the first significant renovation of the library since it was dedicated in 1976.

“This is a much-needed renovation for a facility that has sat at the heart of Lamar University’s campus for nearly a half-century,” said Lamar University President Jaime Taylor. “We’re currently in the early planning phase, but these renovations will allow us to improve resources and technologies that enhance the student experience and better serve faculty.”

Planning will begin in 2022 and it is estimated that various phasing of construction will take approximately 3 years. The proposed expansion and renovation will replace building infrastructure components and improve accessibility throughout the eight-story building. The newly renovated library also will house a modern Digital Learning Center to support the rapid growth and future success of LU’s online programs.

“This project will transform the learning experience at Lamar University,” Taylor said. “Developing a learning commons environment where students have access to physical and virtual resources, collaborative spaces to work on projects with other students, and quiet spots to study is a game-changer for the LU campus. This project is aligned with our focus on student success and will strengthen the Gray Library’s role as a hub for learning as we prepare our graduates for entry into today’s global workforce.”