Fix coming to Sunset Park library after month without air conditioning

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Sunset Park bookworms will have to sweat it out for a few more days before cooler air returns to the local library.

The air conditioner at the Sunset Park Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library went kaput on July 7, leaving literature lovers in a hot spot for the last month.

“That’s a long time,” said resident Margaret Murphy, who braved the heat on July 25 because her daughter wanted to go to the library. “I don’t know how they could operate like this.”

The library tried to fix the ferkockte Freon fans but failed, so it had to order “four large capacity portable units” as a stopgap measure. But those weren’t scheduled to arrive until Aug. 1, after press time, and won’t be operational until Aug. 5, a library spokeswoman said. The temporary fix took nearly a month because such portable air conditioners are in demand this time of year, she said. The library could not say when a permanent solution would be in place.

Meanwhile, library users are slogging through, despite the sultry conditions.

“People have stuff they’ve got to do,” said Franc Pohole, a blogger who has been publicizing the issue on “I’m in here almost every day.”

The heat has been so bad that the library closed early three times this month — on July 14, 15, and 23 — totalling 5.5 lost hours of operation, the spokeswoman said.

Temperatures soared close to 90 degrees those days, but the biblioteca’s beloved tomes were safe, since paper ignites at 451 degrees Fahrenheit.

Library-goers said they are looking forward to chilling out with a good book once the climate controls are fixed.

“Any time you come to the library when it’s hot, it just sucks,” said Sunset Park homeowner Monte Amon.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Me from Bay Ridge says:
BPL, please acquire the old 68th precinct building on 43rd Street and 4th Avenue, make it into a decent sized library with rentable offices on the upper floors, and tear down this building. Or, keep it as a children's branch.
July 31, 2014, 3:02 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: