Lynchburg, VA - Liberty University officials announced Friday the school will get a new four-story library that will serve as a study and research center.
The $50 million Jerry Falwell Library will add 170,000 square feet of new space to the campus. It's the largest building project ever planned at LU, and construction is set to start spring 2012, according to officials.
The main entry floor of the library will have a computer lab and research assistants. The upper floors will be quiet study areas with a reading room, terraces of study spaces inside and outside, and an open two-story food court.
The building will also have a museum that will memorialize Rev. Jerry Falwell's life and ministry. Rev. Falwell was the founder of LU and the founder of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Officials say the new library will model Jefferson architecture, which was Rev. Falwell and his son's favorite.
Falwell Jr. succeeded Rev. Falwell as Chancellor in May 2007.