After inspections from numerous architectural and safety experts, Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials today announced that repairs may soon begin on the roof of the Annapolis Regional Library. Following the roof work, interior repairs and remediation would start. This process is expected to last through the month of March with possible reopening set for early April.
The facility, located at 1410 West Street, suffered significant water infiltration and damage to the roof from last month’s record blizzard. Library staff and county officials have been diligently working for the past two weeks to determine the scope of the damage and explore plausible options for repair and reopening of the building.
“The safety and comfort of our customers and staff remain our number one priority. We will only open once we’ve been ensured the building poses no environmental or safety threat,” said Library CEO Hampton “Skip” Auld.
All programs at the Annapolis Regional Library through March are canceled. Some are being rescheduled at other library branches. Customers are encouraged to check the library’s website for updated information. The bookdrop will also remain closed during repairs.
While the building is closed, customers are encouraged to visit one of the library’s 14 other branches including nearby community libraries in Eastport-Annapolis Neck (269 Hillsmere Dr.), Edgewater (25 Stepneys Lane) or Broadneck (1275 Holly Dr.).
“This situation remains fluid and we apologize for the inconvenience and assure you that we are working diligently to get your Annapolis Regional Library reopened,” said M. Hall Worthington, chairman, AACPL Board of Trustees.