LBI branch to reopen this month

TOMS RIVER –The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library is expected to reopen by the end of this month. The branch has been closed for roof and interior ceiling repair work since Feb. 10.

The branch, located at 217 S. Central Ave. Surf City closed in February after an inspection by library facilities staff and the County Architect revealed damage to a section of the interior ceiling due to a roof leak.

The branch was previously scheduled for roof replacement and a contract was awarded in December 2013.

Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn said the roofing project is now completed and interior ceiling work is underway.

New siding will also be added to the building before it reopens.

“We look forward to summer 2014 and know that people will enjoy using this beautiful library facility for their summer vacation reading,’’ said Quinn.

Long Beach Island Branch Manager Linda Feaster said, “We are looking forward to getting back. Our customers have missed having the branch open and we’ve missed providing them the many services and programs we offer and that they expect from us.’’

Ocean County Library permits card holders to borrow or return materials and enjoy library programs at any of the system’s branches.

Customers can also access many library resources from their home through the library’s website http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by calling 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

Long Beach Island branch customers may pick up requested items at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library located at 129 N. Main Street. The branch can be reached at 609-597-3381.

The book drops located at the Long Beach Island branch will remain available for the return of items.

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