Broken air conditioner closes library temporarily

Broken air conditioner closes library temporarily

LAWTON, Okla._A malfunction with an air conditioner forced the Lawton Public Library to close for several hours Monday.

Maintenance crews were working on the units for most of the morning, trying to figure out how to solve the problem. The Lawton branch library opened earlier than normal to accommodate the needs of the city. The branch is much smaller and doesn't have as many books or computers.

Lawton Public Library circulation manager Kathy Hines says the decision was made to open the branch, partly because it's important to people who don't have a computer at home.

"People that come in looking for jobs, claiming their unemployment. There is just a lot of things that they do there that is just very important. We even have people that come down there to work," explained Hines.

A chiller needed to be installed in the units before they began to work. People were allowed in at 2:00 p.m., after the building had cooled down enough.

Both buildings are expected to return to normal hours Tuesday.