Towson library getting new roof but keeping regular hours

Visitors to the Baltimore County Public Library’s Towson branch may encounter some disruptive construction in the coming months.

Two months of planned repairs to the library’s roof began last week, according to library spokeswoman Erica Palmisano.

The $1 million renovation is needed to fix leaks throughout the building that have multiplied over the years, Palmisano said.

Though construction cannot be seen from street-level yet, contractors have started cleaning and vacuuming sediment on the roof and are continuing the cleaning process this week, Palmisano said.

Next week, tar will be melted off the roof as the second step.

However, the library is expected to maintain its regular operating schedule throughout the two-month project.

“While the branch will continue ‘business as usual,’ there will be periods of noise, vibrations and rattling, and of course, the smell of roofing materials and sealants,” Palmisano said in an email.

In the meantime, customers who may be sensitive to the sound or smell of construction are encouraged to visit the Cockeysville and Loch Raven branches.

“The replacement of the Towson branch roof was sorely needed, and we’re thrilled that it is being done before any severe winter weather hits,” Towson branch manager Tyler Wolfe said in a statement. “We are looking forward to customers and staff being safe, warm and dry in this building for years to come.”

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