By VALERIE TURCIOS
The Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus library is being redesigned to include an Integrated Learning Center, thanks to a $2.6 million Title V grant.
The library has temporarily moved to the Pueblo building, Ocotillo Room, during the renovation process.
The cost of the redesign will total between $800,000 and $1 million, says Executive Director for Community Relations Libby Howell.
According to the Pima website, Desert Vista campus received the Title V grant for the integration and expansion of student resources on campus.
Title V is a program through the U.S. Department of Education that helps Hispanic-serving institutions improve their services.
The Integrated Learning Center will include a tutoring center, adult education, study area and computer commons. The redesign will also add space for faculty training and more student success skills training.
As of now, they are still in the design phase and hope to be done by the end of 2015, to begin construction. Once construction begins, it could take up to a year to complete.
There are some that are skeptical and don’t think the new design will enhance the library. Students will be able to find everything in one place, but it will be a smaller area for the library.
Library Director Tony Arroyo has hope for the renovations, but is afraid the library will suffer. “I believe the area is too small for everything they want to do,” he said. “Time will tell.”