Donor’s Gift Will Enhance Urbana’s Swedenborg Memorial Library

Thanks to a $70,000 gift from an anonymous donor, improvements are being planned for the interior and exterior of the Swedenborg Memorial Library located on the campus of Urbana University.  The Library is utilized extensively by students, faculty, staff and community members, and has recently hosted a National Endowment for the Arts traveling exhibition, Abraham Lincoln: The Civil War and the Constitution.

The exterior improvements will include new landscaping and an enhanced Library entrance.  The interior improvements will include a user-friendly, efficient lobby with new furnishings. 

When asked about the upgrading of the Library, Julie McDaniel, Library Director, said, “We are so grateful to this donor whose gift will help us improve everyone’s first impression of the library.  Our lobby has become a second home to many of our students as they wait for fresh homemade bread each day. Having extra space and new furniture for them to use when they gather and wait will be wonderful!”                                                            

Groundbreaking and additional details of the improvements will be announced later this summer.

Founded in 1850, Urbana University serves more than 1800 students from around the world from its 128 acre campus nestled in the historic city of Urbana, Ohio. Known for innovative academic programs that feature personal attention from faculty, the University offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and several graduate degrees, delivering course work in class, online, or a combination of both. Blue Knights athletics includes 15 NCAA II sports along with intercollegiate bowling and shooting sports.

Urbana University was the first college in the state to offer a nontraditional degree completion program and the second institution of higher education in Ohio to admit women. Founded by Swedenborgian friends of John Chapman, the famous frontiersman called “Johnny Appleseed,” the campus is home to the Johnny Appleseed Museum, a rich collection of the personal artifacts and history of this 19th century American hero.


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