BELOIT - The Beloit Public Library is still closed today following damages due to flooding issues from a leak in its HVAC system on the second floor, according to Outreach and Communications Coordinator Amy Mitchell.
Despite flooding issues, the library will be open for polling today and Stateline Literacy Council classes. The book drop and the Blender Cafe will remain open.
The library closed down Monday morning after staff discovered flooding occurred toward the far right rear of the library. It had impacted the Riverside Room and the fiction collection up toward the area of the microfiche.
As of Tuesday morning, Mitchell said crews had vacuumed up water and had blowers and dehumidifiers going.
"They are also having to rip out some of the ceiling insulation and tear out parts of the walls because there was some water wicking up. It's best we keep the library closed during demolition process," Mitchell said.
Despite the closure, Mitchell said library staff have been accommodating to those coming to the door needing photocopies, faxes or tax forms.
"We'll have someone at the door greeting people and letting them know we are closed and that the polling place is open," Mitchell said. "Our goal is to make sure people can get the services they need."
The drive-through book drop on the south side of the building is also open at the Beloit Public Library.
Mitchell noted that South Beloit Library has offered up its computer lab and people won't need a library card to use it. The Hedberg Library in Janesville is also available.
Mitchell said library officials are hopeful it will be open on Wednesday, although they won't know until later today as damages are still being assessed.
"We don't know what the dollar value will be and what is salvageable and what is not until after the assessment," Mitchell said.