Top floors of library reopen after deluge

All three floors of Cambridge Central Library reopened today after water streamed into the building during heavy rainfall.

However, some areas will continue to be cordoned off – while the café, Cambridgeshire Collection and “mediatheque” for watching videos will remain closed.

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said: “Following the extreme weather on Saturday afternoon which forced the closure of Central Library in Cambridge, we have been working throughout the last three days to assess the damage which was caused and clean the public areas throughout the building.

“The lifts are now back in action and we can now allow access to all three floors, via the escalators – although they will be switched off.

“There will be some areas on the second and third floors which will continue to be cordoned off, as they were the worst affected and will require a deep clean; this is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

“There are also some areas, which, for health and safety reasons, will remain sectioned off until final repairs have been carried out. The café, Cambridgeshire Collection and mediatheque will also remain closed.

“Over the next couple days we will continue the cleaning up process, but we would again like to thank all those members of the public who helped on Saturday.

“Their efforts, along with those of the library staff, ensured that the vast majority of our materials were unaffected by the water and they deserve all the praise which has been heaped upon them.”

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