DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Decatur Public Library closed Wednesday for extensive repairs to the building that are expected to take almost two months to complete. The city council voted final approval Monday for the near half-million dollar repair which includes replacing the library’s heating and air conditioning system, make roof repairs, asbestos abatement from the basement, replace all of the ceiling tiles, and install a new alarm system.
It means the library will be closed until late January while contractors complete the work. A temporary satellite library will open at the Decatur Mall on December 1st but with a limited supply of books and videos.
Library staff member Cathy Smothers tells WHNT News 19 some of the patrons have been a little upset, especially parents who are trying to home school their children. She says she feels worse, however, for the many people who use the library’s public computers to look for a job. Patrons we spoke with on Wednesday say they understand the need for the improvements and look forward to the library’s re-opening in January.