Investigators, insurance company officials and library personnel met on September 19, 2008 to further investigate and plan the implementation of building repair caused by the fire on July 25, 2008.  The Eudora Welty Library collection of books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, furniture, and equipment suffered no damage as a result of the fire which was contained to the fourth floor of the building.  External temporary cooling/dehumidification systems were brought in to protect the collection and building contents.  Although the public areas of the building are inaccessible, the Administrative unit has continued to work within the building since July 28.

Although the Eudora Welty Library will remain closed until further notice, limited reference services resumed on Monday, September 22, 2008.  The Reference Department of the Eudora Welty Library may be reached via telephone (601-968-5803 or 601-968-5809), fax (601-968-5806), or email ( for reference assistance.  Interlibrary loan service has also resumed and is available by phone (601-968-5805) or email ( The Foundation Center's online resources are temporarily located at Willie Morris Branch Library.

Requests for materials which are only available at the Welty Library may be placed at any of the 14 Jackson/Hinds Library System branches throughout Hinds County.  Patrons may return items at any of the 14 branches or utilize the bookdrop located at the Eudora Welty Library.


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