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Phoenix library to reopen this weekend

Posted: 6:30 AM, Jun 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-15 13:30:17Z
Phoenix library to reopen this weekend

Phoenix's flagship public library is scheduled to reopen Saturday after being closed for nearly a year.

The Burton Barr Central Library underwent a $10 million renovation following water damage caused by a broken sprinkler pipe last July.
    
A monsoon storm confused the facility's smoke-detection system, filling the fire-sprinkler system with water.
    
The sprinkler heads didn't activate, but water from a broken pipe flooded all five floors of the library and damaged part of the book collection.
    
According to a city investigation, inspectors had warned Phoenix about the sprinkler system multiple times since 2014.
    
Among the library's repairs and improvements are an expanded children's area, two computer labs and a designated room for 3-D printing programs.
    
The library's roof has been replaced along with flooring, tabletops and the fire suppression system.