Ekurhuleni library closed after heavy rains

Langaville library users have been urged to use neighbouring libraries following the closure of the facility due to heavy rains, which left the library building damaged.

According to a statement issued by the City of Ekurhuleni, Langaville library has been shut down following the collapse of the ceiling and damage to the roof due to recent heavy rains.

City spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said the decision to close the library was taken after it was discovered that the library had become unsafe to patrons and staff.

“We have already received a quote of R3.9 million to fix all the structural damage to the library. We have already lodged a claim with our insurance and upon approval, work will get underway,” Dlamini said.

He said the city is aware that there are patrons who still have library books in their possession, and do not know what to do with them.

He encouraged the members of the public to drop off the books at any libraries around the city.

“The city further encourages patrons of the Langaville library, especially learners, to consider utilising neighbouring libraries. We have entered the most critical time of the academic year and therefore our libraries will come in handy to prepare our learners for the final examination,” Dlamini said.

Source: South African Government News Agency