By: Sam Dutton
Shelby Foote once famously said, “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” However, as students at Millersville University return to their chaotic schedules with mountains of homework, our study “haven” will not be at our disposal.
Upon completing this article, I conducted interviews with various students at different levels in their college careers. I was surprised by a handful of students who were not aware of the library’s closing. How did they miss that? Upperclassmen who are accustomed to the library’s services seem disgruntled, asking the question, “Where do I study now?” I try suggestions, such as their rooms, to which they reply that will only supply them with the distractions that were easily avoided by studying at the library. A popular reply was also that students feel the need to seek other universities that offer full library access.
Millersville has of course not left us completely helpless. Gerhardt is currently hosting a small scale library, and by small scale I mean it’s a little larger than an oversized closet. Gerhardt is crowded and the selection is limited, although I was told if I was in search of documents that I was unable to find the library would get them for me. I personally like having all the information I need at my fingertips, and the solace of the library to retreat to before a major exam.
The absence of a library has been rather inconvenient for students. Sure, we look forward to the grand opening of the new and improved library (which is years to come). But for many we are concerned about the here and now and are left asking: what is a university without its library?