January 21, 2022

Park County, Wyoming: Sprinkler System Floods Branch Library, Destroying 5,887 Books (20% of Collection)

From the Billings Gazette:

A faulty heating system at the Meeteetse branch of the county library set off the building’s sprinkler system on Feb. 24. More than 1,000 gallons of water flooded the building in less than 10 minutes. There was no fire.

Nearly 20 percent of the library’s collection — 5,887 books — was destroyed.


Gone are irreplaceable editions of Zane Gray westerns, a first edition of Ansel Adam’s “Tetons and Yellowstone” and a number of rare and sought-after books of Wyoming, U.S. and world history that have long been out of print.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.