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Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library to reopen Saturday

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Published:   |   Updated: July 2, 2013 at 03:30 PM

The drive-through window and book-return box at the library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., also are closed until Saturday. Library patrons, however, may return items at any other Hillsborough County library during the temporary closure, a spokesman said. Also, the period for patrons to pick up items placed on hold at the regional library has been extended through July 12.

The $2 million project to expand the library by 10,000 square feet began in January and is expected to be completed by December. Expansion will boost floor space to about 35,000 square feet, making it Hillsborough County's third-largest library.

Heavy rains required authorities to close the library May 21 through noon, May 28. Rainwater came in from the building's east side, where the addition is under construction.

Flooding spread into the library's computer area, community room and a large portion of the main reading room. No damage was done to the book or audiovisual collections, but it took days to dry carpeting with fans.

Construction will provide more space for the children's room, community room and Friends of the Library Book Store. It also will provide additional seating in the quiet study area and add a west entrance for access from the parking lot.

The project is funded by an special library taxing district property tax.

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