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Hale Library Recovery Plan

On May 22, 2018 an accidental fire occurred on the roof of Hale Library. The Manhattan Fire Department and several other surrounding fire departments were able to successfully extinguish the blaze.

Hale Library suffered substantial smoke and water damage. The building was closed for extensive recovery, restoration, and renovation efforts. 

The Dave and Ellie Everitt Learning Commons, located on the first floor of Hale Library, opens August 28, 2019. Library and IT staff and services previously located in Hale Library will transition back into the building over the course of 2020.  For the latest updates on the renovation project, subscribe to the Hale Library blog

Study space

The Dave and Ellie Everitt Learning Commons on the first floor of Hale Library offers hundreds of seats for studying, including 14 reservable group study rooms. It is also equipped with multiple printers and a scanner. Since renovation efforts are ongoing, some construction noise is expected. 

Additional printing, computer, and study locations are still available across campus. View the Hale Recovery layer on the K-State map or see a list of locations online.

Library services

Library Help Desk services, including textbooks on reserve, Ask A Librarian, and interlibrary loan, are located on the first floor of the Student Union and at the branch library locations during the fall semester.

The vast majority of Hale Library's physical collection is still being cleaned and is located in off-site storage. K-Staters should use interlibrary loan to request materials that are not currently available from one of our other sites or online. 

IT services

The IT Help Desk and equipment checkout is located in the Cat's Pause Lounge on the second floor of the Student Union for the fall semester. IT assistance is also available by phone at 785-532-7722. 

Advanced software is available in the Media Center located at 1 Seaton Hall. A sample of the software they offer includes Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple's Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Logic Pro X, AutoCAD and more.

Follow the reconstruction of IT infrastructure and user services on the ITS Recovery page. For updates on system and services maintenance and outages, visit the ITS Status blog.

Support the Hale Library Renovation

Insurance will cover like-for-like replacement costs, but not the enhancements that would make an ordinary library experience extraordinary. Thanks to the generosity of K-State family, we are on our way to a re-envisioned, next-generation library for the K-State community.

If you would like to contribute online to the restoration of Hale, a fund has been set up with the KSU Foundation. If you would like additional information about opportunities to support the renovation project, contact Chris Spooner at chriss@ksufoundation.org or 785-532-7697. We are deeply grateful for all the support we’ve received from the entire K-State family.

Hale Recovery Timeline

  • Hale Library Fire

    May 22, 2018

  • 1.5M books removed from Hale

    September 25, 2018

  • Cleaning of the building complete

    October 4, 2018

  • Restoration and renovation begins

    December 14, 2018

  • Most of first floor opens

    August 28, 2019

  • Most of second floor opens

    Spring 2020

  • Restoration and renovation complete

    End of 2020