Some answers to your library closure questions

The Aberdeen public library closes its doors today and won’t re-open until Monday, Aug. 13. It’s the first big closure for the library in years, but it’s desperately needed to take care of urgent repairs in the bathrooms and other high-traffic areas, says library manager Christine Peck.

Aberdeen contractor Rognlins will be doing the work for $97,975, using a mix of grants and funds from the Timberland Regional Library District. Peck said that Rognlins did the remodel of the library in 2000.

Here are some frequently asked questions Peck has been getting about the process.

Q: I have a book that’s due, what are my options?

A: First, double check to make sure when your book is due. All material checked out at the Aberdeen library since July 9 is not actually due until Aug. 13 to accommodate for the closure. That gave some borrowers a few extra days to read their books. If your book is due, the outside library boxes will still be open to drop off materials. You can also renew materials at any other Timberland library, renew online or call the Reference Service at 1-800-562-6022. The reference service can also help with an assortment of questions.

Q: I have a hold and haven’t picked it up at the Aberdeen library, will it be sent back?

A: No. All holds placed on materials at the library will remain in place through Saturday, Aug. 18 — even if the holds were geared to expire before then. However, if you want to pick up materials, the library is making the holds available on a special shelf at the Hoquiam library on 7th Street in downtown Hoquiam. To make sure it’s in Hoquiam, though, Peck advises you call ahead to their branch first, (360) 532-1710. If you don’t get it in Hoquiam, the books will be returned to Aberdeen.

Q: What libraries are open on Mondays?

A: Unfortunately, Aberdeen was the only library open on Mondays in all of Grays Harbor. No new hours are being expanded, which makes the libraries in Thurston County are the closest open libraries available on Mondays.

Q: What will I notice about the remodel?

A: Peck characterizes it as a “freshening of the most visible areas in the library.” Look for new carpeting up the stairs, in the meeting room and in the high-traffic areas. No book shelves will be moved. All computer stations will be cleaned. New lighting will be added. New fans will be added.