Campus, community invited to celebration of Axe Library renovations

A celebration of Axe Library’s renovations is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, with a short program followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to explore the changes to the building.  

The event is free and open to the public and will include remarks by President Steve Scott, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Howard Smith, Dean of Library Services Randy Roberts, and graduating senior Sam Eddington. 

Leonard H. Axe Library was built in 1979 as a modern replacement to Porter Library, housed in a building now home to the PSU Department of Art. The function and operations of libraries have dramatically changed since that time.  

The multi-phase, multi-year renovation of Axe Library has transformed the space to meet the needs of today’s library users. From planning to focus groups to construction, every stakeholder has been involved, and every floor of the building has been impacted.   

Some of the biggest changes are that Special Collections and University Archives moved from Third Floor to the basement, many periodicals have moved to electronic only, and new study rooms and flexible meeting spaces were added.  

The renovations reconfigured the space and added energy-efficient lighting, a new roof, a new east entrance, new bathrooms, increased space between the shelving for ADA compliance, and completely updated the interiors.  

These changes, and more, were funded by state and university dollars. The library has been under construction continuously from May 2016 to May 2022, and the project cost an estimated $6 million dollars.   

For more information, please contact Learning Outreach Librarian Ruth Monnier, Axe Library, or 620-235-4885.