A library branch is named after its prominent Brandywine Hundred location. (Ken Mammarella photo)

Brandywine library reopening delayed; work to run into June

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Renovations of the Brandywine Hundred Library are taking longer than expected. (Ken Mammarella photo)

Renovations of the Brandywine Hundred Library are taking longer than expected. (Ken Mammarella photo)

The reopening of the Brandywine Hundred Library, closed since Feb. 1 for repairs, has been delayed, New Castle County announced on Facebook.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances related to the extensive replacement of equipment, Brandywine Library will not be reopening on Monday, May 6th,” the county wrote. “As soon as we have a confirmed date, we will let you know.

“Until then, Claymont Public Library and Woodlawn Public Library will continue with expanded hours to serve your library needs. Thank you for your patience during this renovation project. The Brandywine Library staff misses you too!”

The same wording was repeated the next day on the library’s home page.

The Foulk Road building had been closed to to replace its roof and its heating, ventilating and cooling system.

“HVAC repairs are not completed,” a county spokesman said. “Hopefully install complete in early June, with testing etc. done mid-June.”

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“This project has been needed for some time,” the county said on the library’s home page when it announced the closing. “BHL’s current HVAC system, which is over two decades old, is no longer capable of providing adequate heating and cooling. The new system is more energy-efficient and will improve airflow throughout the building. Simultaneously, ductwork will be cleaned and removed where necessary to ensure healthier air quality.

“The project will also encompass roof replacement; areas that have experienced damage from ongoing leaks will be repaired and repainted.”

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The latest announcement generated mixed reactions on Facebook.

“Isn’t this building just 20 years old?” Meryem Yasemin wrote. “Why is the repair work so extensive for such a relatively young building?”

I can totally understand and relate,” Susan Kurtz wrote. “The renovation of my kitchen was suppose to be a three-week project, and it took 11 weeks.”

Library changes

During the work, the Claymont Library is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

During the work, the Woodlawn Library is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

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Brandywine Hundred Library staff members are continuing to order new materials. These will be housed at other libraries until Brandywine reopens.

Brandywine staff members are working out of several other libraries for programs.

Wi-Fi access is still be available in the parking lot.

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