Main Library To Remain Closed Through Week's End

by Rick Howlett on August 5, 2009

The main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library will remain closed through at least the end of the week.

The library sustained flood damage estimated at more than $1 million.             flood61

Floodwaters inundated the building’s basement Tuesday, damaging tens of thousands of books and the library’s HVAC system. New computers for the soon-to-be-opened Newburg branch were also stored in the basement.

Library director Craig Buthod said there’s a lot of cleanup work to be done.

“And then make sure we’re safe for public occupancy. We’ll have to get something in the way of a temporary chiller because we’re very worried about mold and mildew. In a library that can be devastating, Buthod said Tuesday.

Meanwhile officials at the Kentucky Derby Museum say it will be closed until further notice because of flood damage estimated in the millions of dolllars. Insurance adjusters visited the museum Wednesday.

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Amber August 6, 2009 at 12:40 pm

This is so terrible. 🙁

Adrienne August 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm

If there is a need for donated Fiction Books Please let me know.

Gabe Bullard August 7, 2009 at 11:59 am

They are seeking financial donations now at: Library Foundation, 301 York Street, Louisville, KY 40203 Attn: Flood Relief

Once we hear about book donations, we’ll post it either here or on The Edit.

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