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Morris Public Library closed for repairs beginning July 3

MORRIS – The Morris Public Library will be closed for several weeks in July to remove asbestos and continue with repairs to the building, which received extensive water damage from a damaged roof during storms in June.

The library will be completely closed and all library activity will be halted from Saturday, July 5 until Saturday, July 12 while the asbestos abatement is completed.

If the abatement goes smoothly, the library will open with limited hours and access beginning Monday, July 14, while other repair work is being done.

During the asbestos abatement, no library staff will be on site, but materials can be returned to the book drop. Staff will stop in throughout the week to check materials back in.

There will also be no deliveries from the Viking Library System or summer reading programs during that time.

The Friends of the Morris Public Library Book sale, which normally takes place during Prairie Pioneer Days, has been postponed until the library reopens.

Director Melissa Yauk said it will take some time to make needed repairs to the wood paneling, walls, ceiling, carpeting and library collections after the asbestos abatement is complete.

During this construction period, the library will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for patrons to pick up requested materials at the side entrance. There will be no evening hours until the library reopens.

Yauk reminded patrons that a Viking Library System library card is valid at other area libraries and the Bookmobile makes stops around Stevens County. Other libraries the Viking Library System include Alexandria, Browns Valley, Elbow Lake, Fergus Falls, Glenwood, Hancock, New York Mills, Pelican Rapids, Perham, and Wheaton.

The University of Minnesota, Morris’ Briggs Library is also available to the public. Briggs Library has computer access and collections of adult and children’s books.

The library was closed for two weeks in June after water leaked in while a contractor was repairing the roof. More than 200 gallons of water were pulled from the carpets after the storm.

The library has been open on a limited basis since June 16.