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Birmingham Public Library sets temporary hours due to heat issues

A sign informing patrons of the air conditioning issue is on display at one of the departments.
Farah A. Ferguson

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Central Branch announced new temporary hours this due to heat and air issues. The hours are expected to be in place for six to eight weeks, depending on the progress of repairs to the air conditioning unit.

Starting Monday, April 28, the Central Library (downtown location) will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays. The new hours will not affect the system’s other 18 locations.

According to Chanda Temple, BPL Director of Public Relations, freezing temperatures in January ruptured the air conditioner coil in the branch's main air handler. Parts have been ordered, and repairs will commenced once parts arrive. Additionally, access hours to public computers have been reduced to minimize the heat in the building.

BPL Associate Director Angela Fisher Hall commented, "Our patrons and staff have been very understanding as we work through this difficult time."

She added, "Our goal is to remain open as long as we can while keeping our patrons and staff as comfortable as possible. Other city departments are working very closely with us to get the needed repairs completed in a timely manner."

To help keep down heat within the building, the access hours to public computers will also be reduced. The public computers will be available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The free computer classes that are normally offered Monday through Wednesday at the Linn-Henley Research Library have also been deferred, as have proctoring services. Patrons are encouraged to visit other libraries to inquire about computer classes and proctoring services at this time.

Patrons are encouraged to visit the Birmingham Public Library website or Birmingham Public Library blog for the latest news and updates on the progress status of the maintenance and repairs.

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