Heat forces Oak Bluffs library to close early for second day

— File photo by Mae Deary

Updated 11:55 am Friday, July 19, 2013

For the second consecutive day, the Oak Bluffs public library closed its doors early, because the malfunctioning air conditioning system cannot keep the building cool.

Library director Sondra Murphy opened the library, downstairs section of the library on schedule at 10 am this morning, but by 11:30 am, rising temperatures inside the building left her with little choice but to close the doors.

“If it’s just as hot tomorrow (Saturday), we’ll probably have to close as well,” Ms. Murphy said in an email.

The only place the cooling system is working adequately is the library meeting room, where, coincidentally, the library’s popular annual book sale is underway. The book sale will continue as scheduled, Ms. Murphy said.

The heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at the library has been a source of problems beginning almost immediately after the library opened in 2005.

“I think everyone knows we’ve had trouble with our HVAC system,” Ms. Murphy said Thursday. “It has gone out to bid, and repairs will be underway soon.”