● Rebuilt as a smart library introducing environment-friendly ICT-based smart facilities
● Yoon Yoon-Soo, FILA Global chairman (Dept. of Political Science and Diplomacy, class of 1966), pledges KRW 2 billion for the construction of a smart library
On October 8, 2018, a ground-breaking ceremony for a smart library was held in front of the Seoul Campus library.
Slated for completion in 2020, the smart library will have one basement level and six stories with a total floor space of 4,400 pyeong. The library will have bookstacks holding about 700,00 books underground and some 500,000 books above ground in addition to student-friendly and specialized spaces such as reading rooms with 1,700 seats, 80 carrels, a cafe lounge, a media plaza, and conference rooms. It will be rebuilt as a smart library featuring environment-friendly ICT-based smart facilities.
Expressing his appreciation in a congratulatory message, Kim In-chul, the president of HUFS, said, “It is because of the tremendous interest and support for the construction of the library from alumni, corporate sponsors, and HUFS family members that we are able to turn the first sod today.”
Encouraging greater participation from some 150,000 alumni for the development of HUFS, Min Dong-seok, president of the HUFS Alumni Association, said, “I believe we are celebrating today thanks to efforts joined by HUFS and alumni together.”
“Upon hearing the news that the long-awaited ground-breaking ceremony will be held, I came all the way from the U.S. to witness this historical event. As we turned the first sod today for the construction of the smart library, I sincerely wish for the creation of an amazingly smart library of a kind that everyone expects,” said Lee Deok-seon, president of the HUFS Association of Overseas Alumni.
Following the ground-breaking ceremony, a reception was held on the 13th floor of the Main Building with those who made valuable contributions for the construction of the smart library. Yoon-Soo Yoon, FILA Global chairman, made a generous pledge of KRW 2 billion to the development fund raised for the construction of the library.