The exterior of the newly constructed Ludden Library at Laramie County Community College's main campus on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Cheyenne. Jacob Byk/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Library Association has selected the Ludden Library and Learning Commons at Laramie County Community College as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Library award.

This award recognizes a significant project completed within the last two years. According to WLA records, the Ludden Library is only the third library to receive this recognition.

The newly renovated library was unveiled to the community this April. Planning and fundraising for the updated facility began in 2013 as part of the LCCC Board of Trustees’ strategic plan. Prior to the renovation, the physical space of the Ludden Library was no longer sufficient to the meet the changing needs of the college’s stakeholders, especially LCCC students.

The project was made possible through a mix of private donations, LCCC money and funds provided by the Wyoming Legislature. This expansion – in addition to improving the entire aesthetic and access – includes improved instructional areas, additional meeting space, a dedicated family study room, quiet space for students, innovation lab, individual study rooms, cultural heritage area, vastly improved power and Wi-Fi, and more.

The 21,000-square-foot space is named for Randy and Yvonne Ludden, two of the college’s generous longtime friends.

For more information about the Ludden Library, visit lccc.wy.edu/library.

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