Falling ceiling tiles close north Minneapolis library


Hennepin County is closing a library in north Minneapolis after structural problems caused ceiling tiles to fall.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Webber Park Library on the north side is closed indefinitely after the structure started to fall apart a couple weeks ago. Hennepin's director of property services tells the station the braces holding up those ceiling tiles have buckled and one wall of the building is “moving.”

Cost of repairs will determine when the library will open again, a decision to be made by the library board, according to MPR. The library used to be part of the Minneapolis libraries system, until that was cannibalized by Hennepin County a few years back.

It's possible the county could build a new library, reports WDAY-TV.

KSTP-TV reports no one has been hurt.

“This is just a library that we always knew needed some work over the long term and was ultimately going to be replaced,” the Hennepin County director tells MPR. “It’s one of those things that happens with buildings every once in a while.”

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