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Igloos offer warm, outside study space for MVNU students

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University students in need of connecting to the outdoors, but are apprehensive of cold or chilly weather, can take advantage of new outdoor spaces at Thorne Library.

A partnership between library leadership and Student Life has resulted in the placement of plastic covered “igloos” on the library’s main and upper level south-facing balconies that create a greenhouse effect when the sun is shining.

The igloos are equipped with a space heater and an air purifier which create a greenhouse effect when the sun is shining. These fun, warm spaces have kept the library’s balcony opened during Spring semester.

The igloos are available on a first come, first served basis, and seating capacity is limited to two persons at a time. Masks and physical distancing are required in both the balconies and the igloos.

“We hope that these areas will provide safe and warm spaces for study during the cold winter months,” said Tim Radcliffe, library director.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to more than 2,100 students from 42 states and nine foreign countries.