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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. Planning is underway to fully renovate Hale Library with the first floor scheduled to open in early fall 2019. Library and IT services have been relocated across campus. View the Hale Recovery layer on the K-State map or see a list of locations online, including alternative printing, computer and study locations. We invite you to follow our journey to restore Hale Library on the Hale Library blog

Library services

All branch libraries are fully operational, and a new service point, Library Help at the K-State Student Union, opened near Radina’s. If you can’t visit the Libraries in person, use Ask A Librarian to get research help by phone, email, chat, or text. 

The K-State community is encouraged to use interlibrary loan to get books and articles from other libraries for free. Most articles are delivered to inboxes in less than 36 hours.

For additional information on current library services, please visit the Hale Library FAQ page.

IT services

The IT Help Desk and equipment checkout have relocated to the Cat’s Pause Lounge on the second floor of the K-State Student Union. 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 small 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.

Hale Library recovery

The damage to Hale Library was extensive, and it will take time to recover and restore. The university contracted with Belfor Property Restoration, an international property restoration company. Due to water damage, they removed most of the carpet and ceiling tiles in the building, as well as a large amount of drywall. Sadly, the historic side of the library was the hardest hit. We are working with experts to preserve and restore the original 1927 Farrell Library, including the Great Room and its murals.

Most of the wet library materials were contained to the circulating collection in room 117. These items were removed from Hale and transported to preservation facilities in Texas for assessment.

Other library materials in Hale suffered heavy smoke damage. All 1.5 million items have been removed from the building and will be cleaned individually by hand. Fortunately, Special Collections and University Archives did not suffer any water damage. They do have some smoke damage and will also need to be cleaned.

The future of Hale Library

The university is working with insurance adjusters to assess the damage. An estimated amount of damages has not been released.

As stated by President Myers, Hale Library is the heart and soul of our Manhattan campus. Before the fire, we were about to embark on a complete renovation of the first floor to create a collaborative, technology-enhanced space to support student success at K-State. We plan to continue this project, and now there is an opportunity to expand our renovation efforts. With many areas of the library down to the studs, we figure there’s no time like the present to create the next-generation library. 

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 atchriss@ksufoundation.orgor 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

  • Restoration company begins book removal process

    May 25, 2018

  • Internet and phone services are restored to campus

    May 25, 2018

  • Nearly 95% of IT services and systems go online

    June 2, 2018

  • Over 160,000 books are removed from room 117

    June 9, 2018

  • Architectural assessment begins

    June 11, 2018

  • Electrical power is restored to the Data Center

    June 18, 2018

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