Library Damage At Least $1 Million

by Rick Howlett on August 4, 2009

The Louisville Free Public Library’s Main Branch is closed at least through Wednesday water swelled into the building’s lowest level during Tuesday’s storms. Library director Craig Buthod says that level houses a lot of books. flood32

“I’d have to say we probably lost books in the numbers of tens of thousands. There are three main book areas in that part of the library, including the transshipment area, where books come in from the branches and go out to other branches, the new books arriving, all of those are completely under water, and our Friends of the Library Sale sorting area.”

Officials say the floodwaters caused at least $1 million in damage to the library main branch. Buthod says a recovery fund has been established. Donations can be sent to:

The Library Foundation
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

Buthod says their HVAC system and computer systems are also housed in the library’s basement and computers purchased for the

The Shawnee and Iroquois library branches were also closed Tuesday.

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Peter G. August 6, 2009 at 10:59 am

Has the Library Foundation’s board discussed litigation against the insurer? It certainly sounds like the full collection and all the other assets (computers, building subsystems like HVAC and power) should be covered by the underwriter, not just the building structure itself.

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