The Downtown Library at 500 Main St. suffered significant water damage after a pipe burst over the holiday weekend and will remain closed for an extended period of time while cleanup, a damage assessment and repairs are underway.
Fortunately, our library collections, for the most part, were unharmed. But much of the computer equipment and furniture in public areas of the building were impacted.
All programs scheduled at the Downtown Library, including our First Night celebration, are currently postponed until further notice. Our branch libraries are operating according to their regular hours and we are exploring expanding hours at those locations.
We will work to move programming, classes and events to alternate locations across the HPL system or other city-owned facilities. Our annual Kwanzaa program will now be held Thursday afternoon at the Albany Library.
More information will be released as it becomes available on our website (hplct.org) and our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming customers back to the Downtown Library when it is safe to do so.