The graduate students of DTS-Houston will come to our new library for a view. Long hours mark every visit to our research destination library. Eyes grow weary, souls tire and spirits need to be revitalized to press on to the next journal, the next volume or the notation corollary.
Libraries have beaten many a young scholar into submission. But, with a cheerful environment, excellent climate control and yes, a special view to lift up a person’s eyes and rest the huge task of intellectual research could make the difference between a completed paper or a stirring footnote or a well argued logical presentation. Our new library has that unique element of an outstanding view.
An atrium is at the center of our new campus building. It is decorated with flora that is well designed and beams the textures and shades of life-giving green. Tall tree trunks reach up to the sky that will always point to where our dependence should be.
The low-lying shrubs and bushes have variety and balance. Palms show a delicate side of the plantings while also allowing the bark dust on the ground to highlight the color of life. A gravel walk way invites people to come outside and enjoy a stroll around the grounds.
This is a protected garden. The well designed building and heavily smoked windows reflect the sky, the garden and the rest of the building. It is an oasis in the middle of busy living.
Our seminary campus extension will house only 25% of the facility to start. It is an increase over our last location by thousands of square feet. Parking, interior space and most importantly, a dedicated space for our library mark the improvements in our anticipated campus.
Generous donors, vision-driven leadership and talented operations people are making this event happen. It is always expensive to move in this kind of educational scheme. Tuition can not cover the bill.
When we put the word out regarding this vision, special people stepped up and wrote out checks. Frugal planners kept the costs as low as possible. Visionaries brainstormed what needed to happen and what needed to stay on the shelves.
Now, the vision is becoming a reality. When I saw the view from the library, I could not stop smiling. Our dream of a destination library are coming into view and we are thanking God and loving it!
photo credit: brucefong photography