Florida: Mold Problem Causing Venice Public Library to Close Permanently on Feb. 1st
Note: The Venice. FL Public Library is a part of Sarasota County Libraries.
Direct to Official Statement From Sarasota County Government. More in this memo.
The Venice Public Library will close permanently in February due to its ongoing mold problem.
A spokesperson for Sarasota County says the library will be closed as a February 1, 2016.
After the closure, the county plans to open a small kiosk next door at the Venice Community Center, where people can still have access to library materials.
While officials stressed that Venice should have a library, no plan or funding is in place to replace the current facility, located at 300 Nokomis Ave., close to the city’s historic downtown. With rapid growth to the north and east of downtown, there is no guarantee a new library would be built on Venice island.
Mold was discovered in the building in 2010. Environmental studies found elevated humidity and mold growth under the carpet floor in the library meeting room, according to a memo from Kalajian.
The next closest library is the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library south of Venice, 5.7 miles away.
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