The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, has announced a $5 million gift from the Grover Hermann Foundation as part of a $7.8 million planned transformation of its library into a state-of-the-art learning center.
The proposed design for the library, which has not been renovated since it was constructed in the 1960s, includes a first floor featuring technology booths, a coffee bar and café, computer areas, quiet rooms, and the bulk of the library's media collection. The concept plan for the second floor includes space for most of the library's collection, additional classrooms, and expanded seating and study areas. An elevator also will be added to the facility, increasing accessibility throughout the building. In recognition of the gift — the last from the foundation to the university after more than three decades of support — the library will be named the Grover M. Hermann Learning Center.
Hermann, who died in 1979 at the age of 89, was a successful local businessman who, at the age of 23, established a small company that he grew over nearly five decades into a large, diversified corporation. In addition to his entrepreneurial successes, Hermann also contributed his time and money to many charitable causes in the region, both individually and through his foundation.
"This is an important milestone for our campus community," said UC president Larry L. Cockrum. "Revolutionizing our current, out-of-date library into a twenty-first century learning center will significantly influence our ability to educate future leaders. The learning center will meet the technological needs of today's students while providing shared learning spaces that inspire the knowledge and skills the twenty-first century demands of us all."