Some Abilenians might not be able to go to their regular location to check out library books.
The south branch of the Abilene Public Library is temporarily closed while crews fix what officials say are major plumbing problems. However, branch manager Tremain Jackson said they'll be able to work around the temporary closure.
"All we've had to cancel were our public story times in the morning," Jackson said. "We've positioned it so that it happened at the end of the month. All of our major programs were already done, so that hasn't impacted us too much in the realm of programming."
Jackson said they're using cars with containers to transport the books on hold from the south branch to the main branch on Cedar Street.
"We're using vehicles and we have tubs in order to take them back and forth," Jackson said. "We also have a regular courier that runs. It's not too much of a problem, just a lot of books to tote around."
Jackson said the library hasn't had a lot of complaints about the issue, but some people just prefer a location nearest them.
"Some people would prefer to come to the south branch just because of location, which lets us know the south branch is really needed,” Jackson said. “We love to hear that."
Jackson said they hope to reopen the branch sometime next week. But, if the issues take longer than expected, they'll make do.
"We'll make do," Jackson said. "We're great at that, and by the time we reopen, we will have quite a busting collection for people to come out here and check out."
In the meantime:
You can still make returns to the book drop at the south branch location.
Any holds requested can be picked up at the main branch located on Cedar Street.
Both the main branch and Mockingbird locations will be open for normal hours.
For more information, you can go to the library's website here.