Two grants will allow the Little Priest Tribal College to build a new library. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development gave a $135,000 grant to the school and the Lilly Foundation will provide another $635,000 for the project. The school's current library doesn't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 2,600-square-foot building, which has a sagging ceiling (propped up by a 2 x 6), originally was designed as a laundry for the mission school. A large hole in the ceiling accentuates the need for roof repairs. Work and study spaces for patrons are confining and shelves are overcrowded with books. Lack of dependable and energy-efficient infrastructure causes high heating and cooling bills. "When finished, the LPTC will have a new 7,000 square foot, two-and-a-half stories library,'' said Robert Prochaska of USDA Rural Development. Collections can be expanded from 12,000 to 80,000 and there will be space for classrooms, public meetings, a separate children's reading area, comfortable reading and study areas, workspaces for staff and a hospitality center. It will serve both as a community college library and a public library for more than 1,000 patrons.
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