White Library undergoes renovations

Resources still available to students, faculty, just in different locations

The William F. White Library, located at Heritage Campus, has closed its doors for renovations.

The “down-to-the-bones” renovations could take as long as two years, according to librarian Alan Berecka. 

Students will still be able to use library resources but in different locations while the work is completed. 

The library was originally built as a two-story building in 1976, with its structure built to support three to five floors in all. The third through fifth floors were completed in 1979, although the fifth floor wasn’t used until 1998.

White Library Undergoes Renovations

“With the library in particular, I’m very excited about bringing a comfortable and modern look and feel to the space and offering updated services and technology,” said Cody Gregg, dean of Learning Resources.

Library services are still offered on Heritage Campus in the General Academic and Music Building, GEND-103, and the Barth Learning Resources Center on the Windward Campus. Barth does offer a limited number of study rooms and most of the items that were checked out from White Library were moved to that location.

Students or faculty needing research assistance can contact a librarian at 361-698-1877 or refdesk@delmar.edu.  

Reference assistance is available 24/7 through the library’s chat service, Ask A Librarian, at www.delmar.edu/library.

The Stone Writing Center also has moved.

“The SWC is temporarily located in the Coles Building Room 116 during the White Library Renovation,” Assistant Instructor Margot Sorrell said. 

Students can submit writings by enrolling online at www.delmar.edu/swc, available 24/7, or in person to receive assistance in how to enroll and submit papers on Canvas. 

Once students have submitted their papers it can take 24 to 72 hours for a writing tutor to review their work and provide structured feedback. 

“We are so happy to be back on campus,” Sorrell said. “The live assistance will provide students with the confidence they need to successfully use the SWC Online.” 

The center’s Ask a Writing Tutor program, which provides help over the phone when needing a writing question answered quickly, is available to students at 361-698-1364 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The SWC will be providing a new program called SWC Live, which offers synchronous help in person (CB 116 and 118) and via Teams for students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Students may request and pick up interlibrary loan items by visiting the library office on the first floor of the General Academic and Music Building GEND-103. Loan requests may take two to three weeks to be processed

Student ID cards are available in the first floor hallway of the Harvin Center from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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