Press Release

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Roland Library

Friday, April 15, 2011
by Beth Sowers

Hannibal, MO - On a blustery day in April, HLGU trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the college gathered together in the Roland Fine Arts Center lobby to hear brief remarks by Dr. Woodrow W. Burt, HLGU President, before heading out across the road to break ground on a new library.

Dr. Burt welcomed the crowd, “I want to thank all of you for being here today, the weather may be wet, but it hasn’t dampened our spirits. God has blessed HLG with many wonderful friends over the years, and the Roland’s are certainly at the top of that list, and we are delighted to have them with us today,” continued Burt. He also went on to acknowledge how the Mabee Foundation challenge grant was recently met, enabling the University to begin to break ground.

“This library is being built for our students today, and for generations of students to come. We’ve needed a new library for a long time, and now thanks to friends like the Roland’s we are now in the position to make that happen. This is the best it’s ever been at HLG.”

The new 20,000 sq. ft. library will be named Roland Library in honor of Dr. E. Earl Roland. Dr. Roland is a 1941 graduate of Hannibal-LaGrange and a long-time supporter of the University. The Roland Fine Arts Center, dedicated in May of 2003, is named after Roland as well. According to Roland, he was happy to be a part of another project at HLGU because of how important libraries are on the campuses of colleges and universities.

Julie Andresen, HLGU Librarian, is perhaps one of the most excited to see this dream becoming a reality. “It is really exciting to finally break ground,” said Andresen.  “It truly is a dream come true.  Dr. Paul Brown, former HLGU president,  first talked to me about the need for a new library when I first interviewed for the job 20 years ago, and I went home planning.   It has taken a lot of hard work on the part of the faculty, staff, administration, alumni, donors and community to make this day possible, and I am grateful to each and every one,” continued Andresen.  “We’ve got a lot of hard work still ahead of us, but we’ve got a great team working with Bleigh Construction and Architechnics.  I think we’ll be creating a wonderful facility that will benefit the students greatly.”

Amenities of the new handicapped-accessible library facility include multimedia-equipped computer classrooms, computer labs, 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.

Other guests at the groundbreaking ceremony included architect Martin Meyer, builder Tom Bleigh, Hannibal National Bank Sr. VP/Commercial Loan Officer Jim Millan, Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Director Terry Sampson, the HACC Ambassadors, and HLGU trustees.  HLGU administration, faculty, staff, SGA officers, and students were also in attendance.

The new library is expected to be ready for use by spring 2012. The current library will be converted to a student center when the Roland Library is complete. Donations are still being accepted for the Roland Library, as $500,000 is still needed to complete the building.  For more information on how you can help, contact the HLGU Institutional Advancement Office at 573.629.3120.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations