Decatur Public Library Reopens

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Following what turned out to be a three month renovation project, the Decatur Public Library reopened Monday morning.

“We were told it would take about six weeks,” said Library Director Sandra McCandless. She quickly added, “But it was well worth the wait.”

The library was forced to close so that contractors could remove asbestos from the building’s basement. The complete heating and cooling system was also replaced, and upgraded. Paint, new ceiling tiles, electrical work and upgrades to the fire alarm system were also part of the project.

“There’s no way we could have been in here while all of that was going on,” McCandless told WHNT News 19.

There’s a small leak in the roof and it’ll be a few more days before all of the public computers are up and running, McCandless said when asked if there were any bugs left to work out of the finished project. She said she felt like with the improvements, the library would be a community asset for many years.

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