CRC library closed due to water damage repairs


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The library is closed indefinitely due to a HVAC leak. Students are still able to get textbooks through the library lockers.

The Cosumnes River College library has been closed since Nov. 8 due to water damage from an HVAC leak.
Technical Services Librarian Melaine Huyck-Aufdermaur said there was a significant amount of flooding through the ceiling in the library.
“It’s going to be closed for the foreseeable future as they do repairs and construction, but we are still loaning books, you can request other items,” Huyck-Aufdermaur said. “We are still offering all of our online services, so the library is still completely available, it’s just the space itself is closed.”
Huyck-Aufdermaur said online research appointments are available to students.
“We still are available over email and we still have the 24/7 library chat that’s available through the website,” Huyck-Aufdermaur said.
She also said the library is still loaning out books and DVDs and students can request them online through OneSearch on the CRC website.
“They’ll be delivered through the lockers that we have set up,” Huyck-Aufdermaur said. “The lockers are located in the business building.”
Huyck-Aufdermaur said library resources are still available to students.
“Everything is available, it’s just online,” Huyck-Aufdermaur said. “Despite the space might be closed, but the library is still like very much available and the librarians are still waiting to help you with whatever you need.”
Librarian Emily Bond explained the amount of damage that the library has endured.
“We are fortunate that there doesn’t seem to be damage to our books, where the leak occurred,” Bond said. “It doesn’t seem like there was damage to any of the student computers. One of our staff desks was affected, but I don’t even know if the computers themselves were harmed.”
When asked when the library plans to reopen, Bond said the library is closed indefinitely and can be expected to be closed all the way into the following spring semester due to the repairs.
“We don’t have a firm estimate, but it sounds like the repairs are going to take a while because they have to do some pretty extensive work,” Bond said. “And right now we’re estimating that they’ll still be working on the repairs into spring semester.”
Students will still have access to the resources they may need such as copying and printing in the Learning Resource Center where computers will be offered. These services are still free to students as they must follow campus guidelines to access them.
“The campus has a computer lab that was opened up for students to use, it’s in the Learning Resource Center building LRC 204,” Bond said. “And so students can go there for using a computer or copying.”
For more information on the library and where to find resources, visit the library’s website.