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FHU to Honor Late Library Director with Building

The Freed-Hardeman University library will be getting a much needed renovation in the near future.

Freed-Hardeman donors John and Rosemary Brown announced Tuesday that they are donating $7.5 million dollars toward an $11 million dollar renovation for the university’s library.

The university has been working for more than a decade to raise funds to renovate the Loden-Daniel Library and the Brown’s gift will bring the project to a start.

Plans for the facility include demolishing the oldest portion of the existing building and adding a third floor to the facility.

The expansion is set to be named in memory of the university’s long-time library director who died of cancer last spring, Hope Shull.

Primary donors for the project are John W. and Rosemary Brown of Kalamazoo, Mich. The project includes renovation of the current Loden-Daniel Library, a 29,000 square foot addition and the grounds in front of the library.

“The building will be much more that a book repository,” Wiley said. “A library in the digital age is about providing a community experience that connects individuals to other individuals and services,” Wiley said.