Renovations Planned for Chan Shun Library

The Chan Shun Centennial Library is in the midst of planning for renovations. Better seating, more study space, access to food, and longer hours are all being taken into consideration during the planning. Christina Thomsen, Library Director, is very excited for these new changes that could be coming very soon. The library committee is currently working with 720 Dallas, a consulting team, and should have a road map for the renovations by next fall.


“They are talking with campus stakeholders – students, faculty, administration, staff – to better understand our needs, and help position the library to make an even stronger difference in student and faculty success, moving forward” says Thomsen about 720 Dallas.


The funding for these projects will come from Southwestern Adventist University’s

(SWAU’s) Advancement department and President’s office. Tony Reyes, the Advancement Department President says, “The office for university advancement’s role in the library renovation process is to organize philanthropic efforts to fund the project.” The Advancement team wants to help SWAU change for the better.


“The library renovation project is about more than replacing furniture or paint. We know that space renovation will entail rethinking the service, resources, and functions of the library and associated academic endeavors.” Says Thomsen. Our current building and library resources and services represent the best of 20th century design.” This project will take place soon and benefit not just students but anyone who uses its resources.

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