Leak closes section of library
Librarians love a good mystery but the New Westminster Public Library had one on their hands they couldn't solve on the weekend.
Part of the non-fiction section on the second floor was closed off as a precaution after water came through the tiled ceiling in the library on Sunday, said chief librarian Julie Spurrell.
She called in roofers Monday to investigate the leak and to find a way to make sure it doesn't happen again. "It's a flat roof so it's hard to know where exactly it comes in," said Spurrell. "That was an incredible storm yesterday. The sound of the wind, and the entire area the trees were going sideways. I guess we're paying for our beautiful summer. Finally the rain is here and it came with a vengeance."
No books were damaged, and although a small area was still cordoned off on Monday, staff developed a way to get to the books if a visitor needs access to any of them.
Spurrell said occasionally in the past the library has had some leakage, but not in the area that it occurred on Sunday. High rain and heavy wind sometimes causes leaks on the west side of the building but they can be dealt with quickly, she said.
The library was built in 1958 with an expansion in 1978.