Lacombe library patrons are advised that the Mary C. Moore Public Library is closed until further notice due to a flooding emergency, which caused extensive damage to the north end of the facility.
“The City of Lacombe Library Board anticipates that the library will be closed for repairs and restoration for approximately two to three months,” said Head Librarian Christina Petrisor in a press release. “All library programs and services, including children’s programming, have been suspended until further notice.
“We are working with the City of Lacombe to re-establish basic library services in a temporary location within the Lacombe Memorial Centre sometime in the next few weeks,” added Petrisor. “In the interim, patrons can return any borrowed materials at the exterior book-drop at the library.”
City assessors and restoration specialists are working to determine the extent of the damage to the facility and removing the library collection off-site.
“Our entire library collection is currently inaccessible as it is being placed in storage during the renovation period,” said Petrisor. “However, patrons can access the online catalogue and order materials from other libraries.”
Member libraries in the Parkland Regional Library system are located in Alix, Blackfalds, Bentley, Clive, Sylvan Lake and Ponoka and are ready to assist local residents with their library needs.
“We very much appreciate the outpouring of support from the community as a result of this incident; the many offers of support I have personally received is overwhelming,” said Petrisor. “On behalf of the library board, I thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this difficult time and we look forward to be up and running as soon as possible to serve our wonderful community.”