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Indian Hills shows off new library

The college closed its library for renovations in June of 2017, and just opened the completed facility about three weeks ago/KTVO

Indian Hills Community College showed off its brand-new library to the community Monday.

The college closed its library for renovations in June of 2017, and just opened the completed facility about three weeks ago.

The space is brand new from floor to ceiling, with more outlets, white boards, group study rooms and furniture.

IHCC librarian Cheryl Talbert told KTVO administrators wanted to maintain the architectural integrity of the former Ottumwa Heights chapel.

"We wanted to keep the dark, heavy beams and we chose colors that would blend in with that, and the sandstone walls,” Talbert said. “With the stained glass, we didn't want to do any really wild, crazy colors."

Administrators had bigger plans in mind, up until voters rejected a $36 million bond measure last December.

College President Marlene Sprouse said the overall cost of the project was almost $450,000.

This is the library's first renovation since it moved into the chapel in 1984.

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