Flooding at the Ferndale Public Library

On Thanksgiving Day, flooding occurred at the Ferndale Public Library (Michigan) when the library’s rainwater treatment system malfunctioned. The library is currently closed and is hoping to open again in February. Click on this URL, http://www.ferndale.lib.mi.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103, for a very nice update of the situation from the Ferndale Library Board of Trustees.

Update: Cedar Rapids Public Library Flooding (2008)

Back in June 2008, five feet of water rushed into the Cedar Rapids Public Library from the nearby Cedar River. Two-thirds of the library’s collection was lost and the remaining materials were relocated to another temporary site. Plans for a new Cedar Rapids Public Library have now been released with a completion date of July 2013.

Update: State Library of Queensland

The latest on the flooding situation from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA):


Click on the link below for an article from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) about the flooding at the State Library of Queensland. Note that the concern now is not with water damage but the affect summer humidity (no power) will have on library materials.


State Library of Queensland (Australia)

We’ve been following the flooding at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Here is a map, some pictures and reports:

Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=queensland+state+library&um=1&hl=en&biw=1366&bih=643&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=il

Reports: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/queensland-floods/deadly-wave-heads-for-brisbane/story-fn7iwx3v-1225985949229

Pictures: http://twitpic.com/3p7zbs / http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=272291&id=822662788&l=2733269ca1

A Very Wet Monday

Water is a major threat to libraries.  Over the years, water has damaged library materials via roof leaks, burst pipes, and river flooding.  As you can see from the map below, water is a major issue in several places across the United States today.  (Flood advisories and warnings are in green.)  Here are a couple of questions we should all be asking ourselves: How’s our supply of plastic covering?  Are any of our unique or hard to replace materials in the path of potential flooding?