Kansas State University has received a $500,000 donation toward the renovation of the first floor of the campus’ main library.
The Manhattan Mercury reports that the donation comes from the children of Joyce and H.D. “Joe” Hale, who were the main donors for a massive 1990s library renovation and addition. A cafe in the new space will honor the children, John Hale, Dana Nelson, Karen Young, Alan Hale, Lisa Hale and Mollie Carter.
The library’s renovation will create a more accessible entrance to the first floor. Besides the cafe, it will include group study spaces, instruction rooms, exhibit space for special collections and flexible event space.
The project will cost an estimated $6.5 million. Kansas State graduates Dave and Ellie Everitt, of Marco Island, Florida, are contributing $3 million.