News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 05/07/2010
Subject :

Palo Alto Main Library to Close May 28 for Termite Fumigation
Contact : Cornelia van Aken, Assistant Library Director    650-329-2668
Dennis Huebner, Supervisor of Facilities Maintenance    650-496-6970

Palo Alto, CA – The Main Library will be closed May 28-30, 2010, for fumigation to eliminate a termite infestation. The library will reopen and resume service on June 1, 2010, after the Memorial Day holiday.

"When we discovered evidence of termites at the Main Library in February, we contracted with Terminix to do a thorough inspection of the building. They found active termites in a few different locations in the building," said Dennis Huebner, Supervisor of Facilities Maintenance in Public Works. "Whenever we find termites in City facilities, we eradicate them as soon as possible to protect our infrastructure and reduce the possibility of potential damage from these destructive insects. We know from past experience that the best way to get rid of termites is to tent the building, which is scheduled for May 28 through May 30."

Library staff discovered termite debris that had fallen from the ceiling in a staff area and contacted the Public Works Department to investigate. To better assess the magnitude of the problem, the City hired Terminix to inspect the facility. Although termites were detected, no structural damage was found during the inspection. To eradicate the termites, Terminex will enclose the Main Library building with a tent on May 28 and fumigate. The cost of this work is $11,200.

Once the tent is removed on May 30, the building will be aerated and tested by the contractor before it is cleared for reentry. There will be no danger to nearby building occupants or community garden visitors during fumigation or when the building reopens on June 1. Both the College Terrace Library and the Lawn Bowling Green building have been tented for termites within the past two years.

"We’ve gone through this process before, so we don’t expect any problems," said Diane Jennings, Library Director. "Although the library will be closed for a few days, we will minimize the impact to customers by extending holds on books, adjusting due dates and encouraging use of the online catalog."

During the closure, the Main Library book drops, including the exterior parking lot book drop, will be closed. No Main Library or LINK+ items will be due May 28-31. Holds will be extended and available for pick-up after the closure. Library customers are encouraged to visit Mitchell Park Library and Children’s Library while Main Library is closed. All library locations will be closed on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.