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New look at South Dakota Mines' Devereaux Library

Devereaux Library Maker space
Among the new spaces and offices in the Devereux Library is the Maker Space, a workshop located on the second floor.

An old library at South Dakota Mines in Rapid City has a new look. School officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on a $6.7 million renovation of the Devereaux Library.

Jim Rankin is the president of the university. He says the library hadn’t changed much since he was a student in the 1970s — until now.

“The Devereaux Library building has been here for 50, 60 years, but this is a whole new concept," Rankin said. "Engineering libraries don’t have a lot of books anymore, and that’s what this really represents.”

While there are still books, they have been moved to the third floor.

The first two floors have been replaced by a coffee shop, study and testing spaces, and a workshop, as well as tutoring, counseling and career service offices.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering education, healthcare, arts and culture.