Long Beach City Councilor Daryl Supernaw, who represents the area where the library is located, announced the closure on Twitter. Supernaw said he was told Public Works was being sent to work on the air HVAC system, but he had no idea when it would reopen.
“These are old buildings and they need a lot of TLC and if they don’t get it, you’re closed,” Supernaw said. “It’s that simple.”
The library is located on Britton Drive behind a shopping center at the intersection of Bellflower Boulevard and Stearns Street.
While the heat of nearly 90 degrees can make for an uncomfortable visit to the library, the closure on Wednesday wasn’t necessarily due to heat, according to Glenda Williams, director of Library Services at Long Beach.
“With COVID, the HVAC has to work perfectly,” Williams said. “We want to keep everyone entering the building as safe as possible.”
Williams noted that not everyone who enters the library can get vaccinated. Some are immunocompromised and others, such as children under 12, are not eligible for vaccination. A properly functioning HVAC system helps ensure that air is circulated in the building.
Williams said he is hopeful that the library can reopen no later than Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.