A sprinkler line froze and burst in the upper level of Bass Library Friday evening, causing extensive water damage throughout the building. The two-story library underneath Cross Campus is closed for cleaning and repairs until further notice.
The impact on the library’s collection was minimal, said Preservation Services Librarian Tara Kennedy, who was onsite Friday evening as part of Yale Library’s Collection Emergency Response. Kennedy and Barbara Rockenbach, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian, identified about 530 damp and soggy volumes, out of a collection of more than 65,000 titles. The affected materials have been shipped to offsite experts for drying and further evaluation. No rare or difficult-to-replace materials were affected.
A Burst Pipe Causes “Extensive Water Damage” Inside Yale University’s Bass Library But Minimal Impact on Collection
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