Park University Announces Library Remodel and Relocation to Historical Origins in Norrington Center

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Park University has announced plans to relocate the McAfee Memorial Library to its original home in Norrington Center on the Parkville Campus. In an effort to serve students across the country with state-of-the-art library services, the University has ambitious plans to complete renovations and an expansion by spring 2016.

Built in 1908 and funded by Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Foundation, the “old library” building holds significant historical prominence promoting student success and learning services to Park students for more than a century.

After nearly 30 years in the University’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground, the library is moving to its original home and will be the hub of an innovative and interactive academic commons. The new space will house state-of-the art, multimedia classrooms suitable for distance teaching, computer work stations, the Campanella Gallery and a café. It will also be home to the University’s Academic Support Center and multiple tutoring services for students.

As with many libraries across the country, the library is adapting to serve the needs of students in the mid-21st century. The library will no longer be a repository of paper books, but rather an information station for Park students across the country. Reference librarians will be available by e-mail and phone, as well as through a chat line six days a week. The new service model will also allow students to access digital resources, e-journals and e-books online, regardless of physical location.

The creation of an academic commons, in Parkville and online, reflects Park’s commitment to the success of every student. But providing these support services does come at a cost. The University is asking for financial support from alumni and friends to make this dream possible. The final design is nearly complete and you are invited to join this effort through general project support or legacy naming opportunities. For more information, contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of constituent development, at or (816) 584-6844.