Thirty years ago, walking into the Clayton State University Library's lobby, employees described the scene as being dark, gloomy, with a smell of "moldy-musk" that lingered in the air.
"It was very unwelcoming," said, Linda Corva, associate vice president of operation for Clayton State.
Now, walking into the updated lobby, employees have a different perspective.
"This is the first time in 30 years the library lobhas been fully renovated," said Corva. "We replaced everything, from the lights, windows, carpet, paint, furniture and decor items," said Corva.
To celebrate the re-opening, CSU Dean of Libraries Gordon Baker hosted a reception to unveil the "new" lobfor the first time to students and university employees.
"I'm very please with the way things turned out," Baker said. "It took a really long time to get the money for the renovations to be done to the lobby, but everything turned out great. This really put a smile on the students' faces."
CSU Business Manager Sandy Haught, along with a vendor with Minton-Jones Co., Inc., Theresa Warren, are responsible for the lobby's interior design.
"It was a lot of work, and I had plenty of material to work around, but it was a joy putting everything together," said Haught.
Corva said that, every year, the university is awarded Major Repair Rehabilitation funds (MRR) the state to help with repairs. She added that, after much consideration, the library lobwas at the top of the list for full renovations.
"This is an important part of our campus, and every student comes to the library, so we want it to be welcoming." said Corva.
She said the cost for the full renovation is expected to be $74,000 for construction, and about $12,000 for furniture and decor items, which were supplied Minton-Jones Office Supplies.
"The most costly was replacing the windows." said Corva. "The windows are now double-paned to help with energy efficiency."
Baker said the reception was not only to unveil the re-opening of the lobby, but to also thank the many supporters, and people who labored to make the project a success.
"I've been here for 32 years, and I'm just really excited to see all the changes to the lobby," Baker said, "and it looks great."