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Essex County Community College begins $6.7M renovation of campus library

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Across the board, New Jersey colleges are making huge strides to keep up with the exponentially accelerating advancements in technology.

Or, as scientists say, “Out with the old, in with the nucleus.”

Essex County Community College has begun $6.7 million worth of renovations to the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library. These improvements were made possible by the 2012 New Jersey “Building our Future” Bond Act. The act was approved by Garden State voters and allocated $750 million for capital improvement projects to the state’s public and private college institutions.

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The renovations will transform the MLK Library into an Information Commons that will increase digital access and information resources for students. The update will include 145 computer stations for access to multimedia and electronic information, multipurpose rooms for student meeting and collaboration, and an eco-friendly lounge that includes a waterfall and “green wall” to absorb sound.

Other projects at ECCC funded by the Bond Act include the construction of 18,000 square feet worth of new classrooms, construction and renovation of the West Essex Campus, the addition of cutting-edge mannequins and related technology for the Health Science Center and a campus wide update of the technology infrastructure.

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