Limited library services begin Monday

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 ST.CLOUD—Great River Regional Library card holders will again be able to set foot into the St. Cloud Public Library after an arson incident Aug. 17 closed the building for over two months.

    The library will offer limited services beginning Monday, Oct 24 as cleaning and restoration work continues. 

    Services available next week will be holds pick-up, fine payment and pick up of Summer Reading Program prizes during regular hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Existing meeting room reservations will be honored. However, no new reservations will be taken at this time. Access to the collection and computers will be available at a later date.

    Patrons may begin requesting items to be picked up at the St. Cloud Library immediately. To change your item pick up location please contact library staff via phone. You may call any GRRL location. Contact information can be found at:

    Library staff, city officials and seven different cleaning and restoration contractors have worked diligently to make sure the St. Cloud Public Library is back to pre-fire condition and a safe environment for patrons and staff. The fire caused structural damage and spread smoke and soot particles throughout the building. Damages totaled nearly $1 million dollars. Most of the cleaning has been completed. Final structural repairs will begin this week on a window, window frame and granite cladding on a structural pillar.

    Extended Waite Park Public Library hours will continue (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday). Clearwater and Albany extended hours will end after Saturday, Oct. 22. 

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