The sky is falling!

Or rather, the roof. Never let it be said that library work is dull. Today a two-foot-square section of my ceiling collapsed on part of the Wetmore collection (children’s books), with some (fortunately) minor damage–it looks worse than it is.


The sky is blue, the day is hot, no rain anywhere, but water soaked through my ceiling and the plaster fell. Apparently a hose coming off a condenser came loose, and the water which was supposed to drain away simply pooled and did what water does, seeking a downward path.

“Know your building,” we were told by the rare books curator in library school, who took us all around the library, into machine rooms and steam tunnels and even up to the roof.

Indeed. Protecting these materials is the goal, so the building is their outer perimeter.
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