ROCKFORD (AP) – Rockford library officials are debating whether to relocate the main branch during a planned environmental cleanup.
WNIJ Radio reports the property was once part of a gas plant where coal tar was stored underground.
Library Executive Director Frank Novak says one option is to temporarily relocate the facility’s contents. Another proposal is to find a new, permanent home.
Because of the weight of the books and other printed material, library officials need to be careful about where they relocate.
Novak says any move – even a temporary one – will need a lot of planning. That’s because all the items will need to be carefully moved “because you can’t just have a big pile of books and work from there.”
The work is expected to start in 2016.