An unexpected break in a water valve left parts of the State Law Library deluged late yesterday afternoon. Catie Palsgraaf, Citizen Access Coordinator for the North Dakota Legal Self-Help Center, said that although large parts of the library will be off limits while repairs are made, the library will remain open to the public. The microfiche, public computer terminals and some of the print collection will still be available for use during this time.
The water ran along the southeast section of the library and damaged large sections of the federal codes dating back to the 1850s as well as more current federal reporter and digest publications. Water also damaged the ceiling, floors, shelving and furniture in that section of the library. Parts of the Supreme Court chambers area located one floor below the library also sustained damaged when water from the library burst through the ceiling.
Paula Amelsberg, law library assistant, said within an hour of the accident she was contacted by Michele Balliet Unrath with the State Library offering their assistance. State Librarian Mary Soucie, along with members of her staff, arrived this morning to help with the removal, assessment, and repair of the damaged volumes. The most damaged volumes will be discarded or sent out for specialized cleaning and repair.
July 19, 2018