SUNY New Paltz Celebrates Sojourner Truth Library Renovations

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- Samantha Manzella, a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz, spends a lot of time in the Sojourner Truth Library.

"I spend about six to seven hours a week working there, but then probably another six to seven hours studying there every week,” she said.  

That is why she is happy the library finished years of renovations in January. The college held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate.

"Whenever we open any newly constructed or any newly renovated academic building on the campus, it’s very exciting, particularly so for the library, which is the academic heart and soul of the university,” said SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian.

The library has gotten a number of upgrades, making it more spacious, with large windows to bring in natural light. It also has some comfortable spaces for students to work.

"There are 10 group study rooms, eight with full technology and the students love them," Library Dean Mark Colvson said. "They book them constantly."

It’s a space Manzella appreciates.

"It’s extremely important to me," she said. "It’s where I do most of my studies, and having the space all open with so many new resources has been really beneficial to my studies and my work here as a student."

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