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Library branch in the Hart closed after water damage

Heavy rain on the weekend caused leakage through the roof
The Nechako branch of the Prince George Public Library is closed until further notice due to a roof leak.

The Nechako branch of the Prince George Public Library, located in the Hart Shopping Centre, is closed until further notice after a leaky roof caused extensive damage to the library's collection.

"The mall owners had begun work to repair existing roof damage on June 17, but heavy rainfall on the weekend caused water to leak through the ceiling, damaging books, shelves, ceiling tiles, and flooring," states a press release.

The closure impacts 8,400 library members and eight employees

There are more than 24,000 items in the collection, including books, audiobooks, DVDs, video games and other materials. Library and City of Prince George staff were on site on Sunday to start the cleanup process, and to begin assessing the impact to the collection and library operations.

PGPL has leased the space since 1995. The branch has closed unexpectedly for facility issues seven times since the start of 2023, including for water leaks and damage on Nov. 15, 2023, as well as Jan. 15 and May 6 of 2024.

“The Nechako Branch is an important part of PGPL’s library services,” said director Paul Burry. “It offers collections, programs for all ages, wireless internet and computer access, and community space for Hart residents. The accessible store-front location is also the preferred branch for many living outside the Hart. 125 people visit the Nechako Branch every day, so we know it impacts our community members when we have to close the branch.”