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The Maze branch of the Oak Park Library, 845 Gunderson Ave., is scheduled to close from Feb. 29 through March 14, while they fix flooring that has warped from flooding damage and moisture, according to a library press release.

The library said moisture tests revealed that humidity levels in the lower-level concrete floor, and damage from previous years’ flooding, “has resulted in uneven linoleum in high-traffic areas” of the library.

Assistant Library Director Jim Madigan said the library is replacing the concrete floor and the marmoleum surface — “a natural linoleum, bio-based, highly durable, non-toxic, anti-microbial” material — during the first two weeks of March.

“There are spots near the base of the steps and public bathrooms where tiles are curling up at the seams,” Madigan said, noting that the replacement is about ensuring safety. “We’ve been monitoring this issue and know we need to proactively address it before there is real concern.”

Madigan said in a telephone interview that there was concern that the high-traffic areas could pose a tripping hazard for patrons and employees. He noted that library renovations that replaced the back half of the building in 2006 have held up against the moisture problem.

The library also is taking the break as an opportunity to perform maintenance on six public computers available at the library. The computers and printing capabilities will be unavailable on Feb. 27 and 28, but laptops will still be available, according to the library.

The Main and Dole branches — located at 834 Lake St. and 255 Augusta St., respectively — of the Oak Park Public Library will still be open during the renovation.

Patrons also can schedule to have their hold pickups transferred to the Main and Dole branches in advance of the closure.


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