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News Release

September 28, 2005

CONTACT: Media and Communications

Moreno Valley Public Library to close for two weeks

The Moreno Valley Public Library will be closed to the public and staff for an estimated two weeks so that a leak can be repaired and to allow officials to conduct further testing of fungi that was detected underneath the carpet in the Community Room and near the Library entryway.

“We know that closing the library, even for a short period of time, will be inconvenient for the thousands of citizens who use the facility. During this time we need to repair the plumbing system, properly replace the damaged carpet, and test for any environmental problems. To do this properly we need to have the building closed down,” City Manager Gene Rogers said. “We want to ensure that the public and staff are not unnecessarily exposed to environmental toxins that could be released as we fix the problem,” Rogers said.

In the effort to provide a minimal level of library service during this period, City officials are planning to station a motor home in the Library parking lot Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. so that patrons can return books and request books through Inter-Library Loan. City officials are also making arrangements to have the Riverside County Bookmobile stationed at the Library. Additionally, citizens with Moreno Valley Public Library Cards can use their cards to borrow materials from the libraries in the Inland Library Network, which includes libraries in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The branches nearest Moreno Valley are the Perris Branch, located at 163 E. San Jacinto, in the city of Perris, and the Woodcrest Branch, located at 17024 Van Buren, in the city of Riverside.

Books can also be dropped off at the book drops outside the Moreno Valley Public Library.

For more information, please call the Media and Communications Office at 951.413.3053.