College of Coastal Georgia recently began work to expand its on-campus library, in response to enrollment growth at the college over the last several years.
Built in January 1973, the library is located in the heart of the Brunswick campus. The renovation will include a 3,025 square-foot extension that will be added to the side of the building that faces College Drive.
With the extension, the library will total 34,023 square feet. The expansion will include a study room, active learning space, conference room and learning commons.
Recent growth at the college has created increased demand for library services and academic assistance, according to a press release from Coastal Georgia.
The college’s enrollment has grown 19 percent from fall semester in 2009 to the fall semester of 2017. That growth has been driven in large part by an exponential rise in the percentage of students seeking a bachelor’s degree, which has grown from 3 percent in 2009 to 62 percent in 2017.
“As our student body has grown, we have seen an uptick in the demand for both space and assistance at the library,” said Debra Holmes, dean of library services at the college, in a statement. “We are all looking forward to the expansion, which will help us meet the increased demands on the library.”
The college has continued to add degree programs throughout the last decade. This fall, the college has added a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management.
The library expansion is schedule to be completed in June 2019.
The University System of Georgia is funding the project. Lavender and Associates, a company based in Statesboro, is completing the work.
“I am grateful for the support of the University System of Georgia, which has made this project possible,” said Michelle Johnston, president of the college. “In addition to providing much needed space, this expansion provides us with the opportunity to bring all of our academic support services for students under one roof.”