New library resources are now available for the commonwealth’s police officers, firefighters and other first responders. It’s a new refurbished facility at Eastern Kentucky University. A newly renovated Justice and Safety Library at Eastern Kentucky University features more technology and fewer hardback books. The refurbished center officially opens this week. Justice and Safety Librarian Nicole Montgomery says 18 desktop computers and ten laptops were added. Prior to the half-million dollar renovation, Montgomery says it was a traditional library.
“The space was dominated by very large bookshelves…filled with lots and lots and lots of books…that..to be honest many of them weren’t being checked out..with this renovation..there’s a huge reduction in the amount of bookshelves,” said Montgomery.
Montgomery says the renovated library is available to professionals in the justice and public safety areas from across Kentucky. For instance, she says library officials have been working with members of the Richmond Fire Department. Montgomery says a walk-in computer lab has also be merged with the library.
“There’s such a great need for group work and group collaboration in libraries now..is this renovation is also serving that is providing a lot more people space, a lot more space for people to work together in groups with the technology they need to do that,” said Montgomery.
Montgomery says they have a heavy focus on online learning.