PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore steps are being taken to make sure a campus staple lives on.
The almost 50 year old Frederick Douglass Library is getting some much needed repairs. This week, UMES started working on fixing the roof of the three story building.
Recently, storms have led to a number of messes because the rainwater is seeping through ceiling tiles.
This project which costs over $800,000 is the first step to make sure this historic building stands for the years to come.
"It's a face of what we call the academic oval, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and it looks like a lot of buildings in the state of Maryland that are on public college campuses with the columns and what not, and so it has a lot of importance to folks who have come through here and are alumni," says Director of Public Relations Bill Robinson.
The project is expected to take about six months and it will take just about two weeks just to get scaffolding around the entire building.
They are also making changes inside with new carpeting, furniture, and paint that they hope will motivate students to keep studying.
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