The damages done to Columbine High School
during the shootings of April 20, 1999
were quite extensive, especially considering how few people it took to do it. Repairing and renovating Columbine after the tragedy was a massive effort that involved many people, both in terms of man-power and money. Together volunteers successfully raised money for and renovated the building so it could be re-opened in the fall of 1999 for the return of Columbine's students. There were many changes to the campus so that those students wouldn't be visually reminded of the violence that had occurred there.
After careful consideration by the school board and the community, Columbine's old library was completely removed. Originally on the 2nd floor above the cafeteria, work crews removed the floor in that section and replaced it with an airy atrium. Skylights and screen murals completely changed the look of the cafeteria. A new library
was built to one side of Columbine's main building, on the grassy knoll near the west entrance. The new building was named HOPE Columbine Memorial Library, dedicated to the victims of the attack. The project was spear-headed by HOPE
, an organization formed by families of people who were injured or killed at Columbine. Daniel Mauser's
parents expressed their elation at the project's success on their website
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The interior of the new, completed library. Everything looks completely different, even the chairs. The bookshelves that aren't against the wall are all low enough to see over, unlike the old library's rows of tall shelves.|
Inside Columbine High School's new HOPE memorial library.
Steps leading up to
Columbine's new library.
Photo of the outside of HOPE Columbine Memorial Library.