2017-05-17 / Front Page

Van Bramer, Mellow Cut Ribbon On $15M Expansion Of LAGCC Library

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow and Vice Chancellor of CUNY Judy Bergtraum to cut the ribbon on the $15 million expansion of the LaGuardia Community College Library that more than doubled the size of the current library. Van Bramer secured more than $3.5 million for the expansion.City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow and Vice Chancellor of CUNY Judy Bergtraum to cut the ribbon on the $15 million expansion of the LaGuardia Community College Library that more than doubled the size of the current library. Van Bramer secured more than $3.5 million for the expansion.City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow and Vice Chancellor of CUNY Judy Bergtraum to cut the ribbon on May 11 on the $15 million expansion of the LaGuardia Community College Library that more than doubled the size of the current library.

“I am honored and proud to join President Gail Mellow and the students and faculty of LaGuardia Community College to cut the ribbon on the beautifully renovated and expanded library at LaGuardia Community College,” said Majority Leader Van Bramer. “Our libraries represent the best of who we are. And for generations of students to come, this library will be an open door for all looking to learn, grow, and through their own self-growth, improve and change our community for the better. All are equal and welcome in this library, and I’m proud to have been a part of this project to transform the library into a modern space that will remind the students of La Guardia Community College of their incredible potential and worth.”

 “This is a historic day for LaGuardia Community College and Long Island City community,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “This modern, expanded library is befitting of the high-quality education we provide our students, and the hard work they put into pursuing their personal and professional goals through education. Our students often face many challenges along their journey – juggling classes and schoolwork with work (often more than one job), raising children, and other responsibilities – and they deserve and need a convenient, comfortable, elegant space to study and think. We’re so pleased to give this to them. This project would never have come to fruition without the generosity of our elected officials and others who believed in the college and what we are trying to provide for our students.”

“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the library staff, other divisions of LaGuardia Community College and CUNY, and our friends and supporters,” said Scott White, LaGuardia Community College Chief Librarian. “Throughout the process, we kept asking ourselves what our current students need from their campus library, and what will our future students need. We can already see it buzzing with our students and visitors making discoveries and learning.”

The expansion, which is phase one of a two phase project, more than doubled the size of the current library, giving the students of LaGuardia Community College drastically more seating, study spaces, group study rooms, and enhanced natural light. The design and architectural plans incorporated student input and opinion from the very beginning of the process, producing a space that closely reflects the needs and wants of the more than 600,000 students a year who will use this library. Majority Leader Van Bramer was proud to have secured over $3.5 million for this project.

 

 


 

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