The doors of another physical library on Tortola have closed.
A government-issued bulletin on September 13 said the East End Public library in Long Swamp is closed to the public ‘until further notice’.
“We are having some maintenance issues so this is why we closed it. But we are in the process of addressing them right now,” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe told BVI News in a subsequent interview.
“I spoke to the landlord today (Monday, September 16), and I have assigned officers to follow up,” she added.
Stoutt-Igwe did not specify the extent of the maintenance issues. However, she said she expects a ‘full report’ on the matter shortly.
In the meantime, when BVI News contacted Chief Librarian, Susan Greenaway, she refused to provide any information.
“No comment,” she repeatedly told our news centre.
Greenaway’s refusal to comment comes despite a bulletin on government’s official website that listed her name and contact information as the person to provide more details on the issue.
The closure of the said the East End library follows that of the Road Town-based public library which closed more than two years ago.
That library was to be relocated to the old Clarence Thomas Limited building in Pasea Estate. However, that building currently houses senior students at Elmore Stoutt High School.
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