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Ground Broken for New Marywood Learning Commons

With shovels in hand, ground was broken Friday for the most ambitious building project in the history of Marywood University.
Big changes will soon be coming to Marywood University in Lackawanna County.

With shovels in the ground Friday, officials from the college started the most ambitious building project in campus history.

Over the next two years, a new $35 million facility known as the "Marywood University Learning Commons" will be built. It is being called the "library of the future."

It is a project 13 years in the making.

"I think our community is excited about this," Sister Anne Munley, President of Marywood University said. "There's been a lot of involvement over the last 13 years in preparing for this."

The new "learning commons" will replace the current library which was built in 1968. It is expected to become the new "heart" of the Marywood campus.

"It'll really help. It'll really be a big difference and especially with the library you can never have too many books," freshman Chanya Rice said.

Students say the new building will be a big benefit.

"I just think it's a fantastic thing. I'm just glad that we're able to update and move forward and get updated into this technology," Rice said.

When complete, the new facility will feature an automated book retrieval system, a secure study area that will be open 24-7 and space for both individual and group study.

Campus leaders say it's all about the future.

"As we celebrate our first century and as we move into the second century, how can this institution really be of greatest benefit for our students to help them to be prepared for the workforce?" Sister Anne Munley said.

Officials are hoping to dedicate the new "learning commons" by September 2015. 
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