Calgary's Central Library re-opens

First aired on The Homestretch (28/08/13)


Calgary's Central Library re-opened its doors to the public this week, two months after sustaining extensive damage in the June floods. April Serink, the Calgary Public Library's marketing manager, dropped by The Homestretch recently to offer an update on the progress of repairs.

"We lost office equipment , furniture, our elevator banks were down and damaged," she told host Doug Dirks, adding that water seepage destroyed magazine and newspaper back issues. "Nothing was considered rare or irreplaceable. However, it's always a loss when you lose a physical item."

Repairs are still ongoing. Only one of the branch's four elevators is back in service, but Serink said that all of them are expected to be operational by mid-September. The basement is still under construction, and a material processing area, which was on that floor, has been closed permanently and "has been relocated to the main level of the library."

Serink said that repairs to the basement are expected to be completed by January 2014. "It's important that we do get the basement level back to a functioning area," she said. "There were meeting rooms down there, some storage space and especially public washrooms." She pointed out that on average, the branch is visited by "more than 60,000 Calgarians" per month.

The official re-opening of the library is on September 3, but this week's "soft launch" is intended to make sure everything is running smoothly beforehand, so that staff can offer "the best library experience for our customers," Serink said.

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