By Sergio Ceballos and Sean Rundell / Contributing Writers
After being closed to students and employees for months, pedestrian access to the Library reopened Tuesday, Nov. 12, between the LAC’s M and L Buildings. The heavy foot traffic path was closed over the Summer and most of the Fall semester due to major construction in the Quad and surrounding areas. Paths are now connected from buildings P, N and M, shortening walks around campus and to the Library.
Jonathan Ortiz, 27, an art major, needs access to the Library for his course materials. He said, “I don’t have books for class because they are too expensive. I’m glad access is easier now, it was a hassle.” Students and employees had to detour their walking route onto the narrow sidewalk on Faculty Avenue, often walking in the street with two-way car traffic.
Construction worker Rob Ortega said, “We finished the walkway this weekend, so a majority of the construction will now be moved to the Quad.” LBCC employees are equally happy as students with the long-awaited reopening. Lead Library Technician Randy Harveston said, “I walked all the way around like everybody else. I walked around today not knowing it was finally open.”
Students and employees will have improved access to the Library as the semester comes to a close and students prepare for final exams. According to LBCC’s Management Program Services, the walkway is part of a renovation plan projected to finish in 2020.