Student enrollment at the West Plains campus has increased by 140% since
1991, the year the campus first occupied the current library building. The
result of connecting and renovating a burned out, depression-era building
and a small building built in the 1960�s; the Garnett Library was identified
as a temporary fix. With enrollment expected to continue to increase, a new,
larger, more technologically designed library is needed to support the
academic needs of the campus.
In addition to offering 15 degree programs, the campus has become a major
source for community-focused continuing education programs and an academic
outreach delivery site for 6 bachelor and 5 master degree programs from the
Missouri State University-Springfield Campus. The new library will provide
books, reference materials, periodicals, electronic information resources
and the technology to access them, allowing the West Plains campus to
continue its momentum toward developing a quality, academically-challenging
program of study in each of its degree areas.