Press Release

HLGU's New Roland Library Dedicated April 27, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012
by Carolyn Carpenter

Dr. Roland cutting the ribbonOn Friday, April 27, 2012,  just a little over a year after breaking ground, Hannibal-LaGrange University held a dedication ceremony for the Roland Library. The event took place at 10:00 am in front of the new library on the HLGU campus. Community members, Trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and several of the Roland family attended the ceremony. Dr. Woodrow Burt, HLGU president, welcomed those in attendance and thanked them for coming out to support the event.  “We are wonderfully blessed with this beautiful new library, and all of our students will benefit from this great addition to our campus,” stated Dr. Burt.

Julie Andresen, HLGU Library Director, also spoke at the event. “Thank you all for coming today. First I’d like to thank the Lord for this wonderful gift and for all of you who have given so generously. Many of you have sacrificed greatly to bring this project to completion, and I pray that the Lord reward you for your faithfulness,” said Andresen.

Julie Andresen speaking at the dedicationJulie also shared with the crowd the library’s vision statement: As an integral part of Hannibal-LaGrange University and the surrounding community, Roland Library will be a vital interactive research center that advances “Knowledge for Service” by providing quality resources, responsive services, welcoming facilities, and access to partnering libraries to fulfill the mission and purpose of the institution. Everyone was reminded that the event was just a preview. The collection and existing shelving would be moved from the Foster Library to the Roland Library in the weeks and months to follow and that the library will officially open in August. 

In addition to the speakers, Tom Bleigh, Bleigh Construction, presented renderings of the building by Louisiana, Missouri artist, John Stoeckley, to the Roland family and Dr. Burt. An additional presentation by Arsene Burton along with Marcello Beroiza, of Campus Community Connectors, was made as well. The volunteer group presented “The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis” to the library in honor of Dr. Burt.

Following the welcome remarks and presentations Terry Buster, HLGU Board of Trustees Chairman, gave the prayer of dedication for the new building.

Faculty, Staff, and Friends form a human chain

Students participating in the Human ChainImmediately following the speeches, the crowd consisting of students, community members, faculty, staff, and friends of HLGU formed a human chain connecting the Foster Library to the new Roland Library. One hundred books had been hand-picked to be the first to be moved into the new library. “We chose the Bible to be the first book, because it is the Word of God, and because we are a Christian university. Second, we chose new books representing all disciplines because the library is there for all of our students no matter what their major. We wanted to communicate the message that we are current, and we do have interesting things to read in print. We then picked some faculty works to showcase the excellent faculty we have. Next we picked some literature to show that we have more than just academic materials. And lastly we threw in a few classics including, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain to represent the timeless treasures we carry,” stated Andresen.

The new 20,000 sq. ft. library is named in honor of Dr. E. Earl Roland. Dr. Roland is a 1941 graduate of Hannibal-LaGrange and a long-time supporter of the University. Amenities of the new handicapped-accessible library facility include a multimedia-equipped computer classroom, computer lab, private and group study rooms, audio and video editing stations, a coffee corner and fireplace lounge, children’s reading area, and added space for expanded print and audiovisual collections.

The crowd gathers in front of the library after the dedication

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations