San Rafael Public Library

The Great Library Flood of 2014

Posted by sarah on

The Downtown Library’s lower level of staff work areas was damaged by flooding today. A pump failed and water began streaming into the lower level of the library through the floors and walls.

An alert staff member noticed water right away.

the first sign of water

About 20 minutes later that same area looked like this:

flooded hallway

Water was seeping in through the walls and floor (and fast) in at least four areas including our Technical Services Department, a storage closet, the emergency exit hallway, and the office of the Marin Literacy Program (pictured below):

flooded corner of the Literacy Offices

The diligent Department of Public Works, the fantastic Fire Department, and legendary Library staff worked together to move books, supplies, technology, and furniture to prevent damage, to replace the failed pump, and to mop up the invading water as quickly as we could. Thanks to cooperation between our three departments we emerged with no materials or furniture damage! We will need to replace a significant portion of carpeting and are still awaiting results of whether there is any structural damage to the floors and walls. But thanks to the quick actions of dedicated City staff, we got the situation under control quickly!

flooded floor post-clean-up

Now we will work to repair the damage and restore operations fully. The good news is that we’re committed to staying open for our community, so the Downtown Library is open tonight until 8pm with full services and we will reopen tomorrow morning at 10am as is normal.

A big thank you to everyone who pitched in to quickly throttle a potentially devastating situation!

2 responses to “The Great Library Flood of 2014”

  1. Annabelle D says:

    How awful! How wonderful that our City departments worked so well together! Is there a fund we can contribute to to help fix the damage?

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