Latest UK Public-Private Project Unveiled

Sep 3, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky garnered national attention in 2011 for its plan to privatize student housing. Now, the latest privately-funded project on campus is on display the W.T. Young Library.

Crews completed work on the nearly $350,000 renovating of the Young Library’s second floor over the summer. The reference area on the north wing and learning space on the south wing now feature glassed in group study rooms with meeting areas that allow students to share work from six different laptops on one screen.

Greg Casey with UK Libraries says it’s the kind of project that attracts private dollars.

“It’s important to us to show the donors that we’ve done something that directly impacts students and we really felt that this is a project that is going to impact students, it’s going to help in their success, and there’s probably no more appropriate use of private resources than that," Casey says.

The areas were designed in collaboration with students, who showed interest in more open, comfortable study areas that better integrated laptops and tablets.

An official ceremony including UK President Eli Capilouto will be held Friday to mark the official opening.