Bed Bugs Force Downtown Library To Close

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Central Library will remain partially closed through Monday due to a bedbug discovery.

On Friday and Saturday, the Central Library will offer a reduced level of service during its regular hours, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Central Library will be closed on Sunday, when it is usually open from 1-5 p.m.

Late on Wednesday, a customer reported the sighting of a pest in a chair on the first floor at the Central Library. Staff immediately removed the chair form the public area.

On Thursday, the building was largely closed to the public while the City of Wichita staff assessed the situation. Shortly before the scheduled opening of the facility, a pest-control employee identified bedbugs on the removed chair.

Regarding the reduced service schedule, Central Library customers may return materials, place holds and make payments from the lobby window. Telephone reference and all virtual services from the Library's web site are also available. Programs and meetings through next week are being moved to branch locations.

Some Central Library staffers will be temporarily reassigned to branches to meet increased service needs.

“City of Wichita staff is working to do what is necessary so that the Central Library can reopen for full service as quickly as possible,” Cynthia Berner-Harris, Director of Libraries, said.

Visit the Wichita Public Library’s web site at for continued updates.

UPDATE: Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wichita City officials have closed the downtown library due to bed bug infestation.

The city closed the Central Library, 223 S. Main, Thursday morning.

Cynthia Berner Harris, Director of Libraries, said a customer found a bed bug on a chair Wednesday. City officials called exterminators to access the pest problem.

Some services are still available. Customers may pick up summer reading prizes, return items and retrieve holds in the lobby. Computers, internet access, and meeting rooms have been closed.

The library will close at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It is not known when the library will resume full operations.

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