Phoenix library to reopen this weekend after flooding damage

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Phoenix’s flagship public library is scheduled to reopen Saturday after being closed for nearly a year. (Source: City of Phoenix) Phoenix’s flagship public library is scheduled to reopen Saturday after being closed for nearly a year. (Source: City of Phoenix)
The Burton Barr Central Library underwent a $10 million renovation following water damage caused by a broken sprinkler pipe last July. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Burton Barr Central Library underwent a $10 million renovation following water damage caused by a broken sprinkler pipe last July. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A monsoon storm confused the facility’s smoke-detection system, filling the fire-sprinkler system with water. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A monsoon storm confused the facility’s smoke-detection system, filling the fire-sprinkler system with water. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Phoenix’s flagship public library is scheduled to reopen Saturday after being closed for nearly a year.

The Burton Barr Central Library underwent a $10 million renovation following water damage caused by a broken sprinkler pipe last July.

[RELATED: Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix will reopen June 16]

[RELATED: City of Phoenix to open temporary library to replace Burton Barr during construction]

A monsoon storm confused the facility’s smoke-detection system, filling the fire-sprinkler system with water.

The sprinkler heads didn’t activate, but water from a broken pipe flooded all five floors of the library and damaged part of the book collection.

[READ MORE: Storm damage forces closure of Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix]

[READ: The official report]

According to a city investigation, inspectors had warned Phoenix about the sprinkler system multiple times since 2014.

Among the library’s repairs and improvements are an expanded children’s area, two computer labs and a designated room for 3-D printing programs.

[RELATED: Water-damaged Phoenix library to stay closed until June]

[SLIDESHOW: Storm damage at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix]

The library’s roof has been replaced along with flooring, tabletops and the fire suppression system.

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