May 26, 2022

Phoenix: Burton Barr Central Library Badly Damaged in Storm, Closed For Repairs

Update July 20

Arizona Library Estimates 6,000 Books Damages in Flood (via AP)

UPDATE July 18

Here’s Everything We Know About Burton Barr Central Library’s Closure (via Phoenix New Times)

UPDATE July 17

Phoenix Public Library Looks For Volunteer Help

From The Arizona Republic/

The Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix was badly damaged during Saturday’s monsoon storm. It will be closed for at least the next few days for repairs.

Phoenix Public Library officials tweeted the news Saturday night, but did not detail the extent of the damage.

By Sunday morning, said the library will be closed indefinitely while the damage to the structure and material is accessed.

Phoenix fire Capt. Rob McDade said crews on scene first noticed water coming down the windows of the 5-story library and realized it was coming from the roof.


Announcement as Seen Burton Barr Central Library Web Page (July 16, 2017)

McDade estimated that a punctured line from the rooftop was releasing up to 50 gallons of water per minute into the library. Video shot by Phoenix fire officials showed water pouring onto shelves of books.

McDade said crews tried to prevent as much water damage as possible.

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