Thousands of Books Damaged at U. of Kansas Art Library After Water Line Break
Kansas University officials said the Spencer Museum of Art will remain closed through Monday after a water line broke early Wednesday on Mississippi Street and leaked water into the bottom two floors of the building.
A majority of the damage was in the museum’s bottom floor, which houses the Murphy Art and Architecture Library, but the museum’s artwork, which is on higher floors, was intact, said Joe Monaco, a KU spokesman. Monaco said Thursday that water damaged between 15,000 and 20,000 books, which is roughly 10 percent of the library’s 170,000 volumes.
He said about half of the items have been boxed and loaded into a freeze unit inside a semitrailer parked outside the museum.
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