Written by Devon Boen
The new Fort Peck Community College library opened last week, but it was only new to those not involved. The process for its creation has been five years in the making and required the blood, sweat and tears of many different people.
Noel Sansaver, the director of facilities for FPCC, said the building committee decided to create the new building as a component of a larger plan to create an expansive campus.
“It’s really a campus-involved development. We’re trying to make available to the community all the resources we have,” Sansaver said.
One of the many involved in the project was Dr. Jim Shanley, to whom the facility was dedicated at the opening ceremony last week. Sansaver said Shanley was one of the founders of FPCC as well as a leader for tribal colleges and was deeply involved in the library’s building process for many years.
The long road to completion paid off since the new library has double the space, newer technology and a more inviting environment than the previous location.
Sansaver elaborated on the comfortable feel the library offers, saying he believed it would bring in more community members.
“It’s a beautiful building. It offers a real warm environment,” Sansaver said. “It’s simply a warmer invitation to education. If you feel comfortable about being in the facility, it might prompt you to sit down and read a book you wouldn’t otherwise. We’re hoping it’s going to open up opportunities to community people to feel comfortable about being on campus.”