LU to Build New Library, Students Excited About News

Reporter: Lauren Compton | Videographer: Jemon Haskins

Lynchburg, VA - Liberty University plans to build a new four-story library in spring 2012, and students say they're happy about the news.

"For years we've been looking for the right structure and the right opportunity to honor his memory," said Jerry Falwell Jr. speaking of his father Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Pictures of the plans of the Jerry Falwell Library show a museum honoring the life and ministry of the late Rev. Falwell.

"A library is a good step. I'm glad we're not putting anything more towards football or any sports. We're here for education," said Emily Leybold, an LU student.

"The library we have now is kind of small, to have a bigger librarythis one is four stories it will be pretty cool," said Staton Angle, an LU student.

The new library will look over a new lake behind the Vines Center, and feature computer labs, a food court, study areas and even a robotic cataloging system.

"It will allow for students to search for a book in a library catalog and use integrated technology to electronically view the book," said Jerry Falwell Jr.

Parts of the Schilling Center and the science building will be demolished to make way for the library, adding to the other construction projects, which have become common sight on campus.

"I feel like I'm on a construction site," said Leybold.

"It's exciting and a little overwhelming. I can't imagine where we are going to be five years from now," said James Smith, an alumnus.

Construction on the library will begin in the spring.

School officials expect it will take 12 to 15 months to complete. They say the overwhelming growth on campus will help fund the project. They will also be seeking help from donors. In return donors can have parts of the library named after them.