The Vieux-Fort Public library is in a terrible state, and it is of grave concern to its users who are making a clarion call to the relevant authority to address the problem.
Its leaky ceiling, which results in the library being transformed into a shallow swimming pool whenever it rains, and the broken tiles on its flooring which makes walking in certain parts of the building dangerous, are the main concerns of its users.
Whenever it rains, the electrical outlets and the switches in the building get wet, making it risky for both the librarians and its users.
The perennial problem exists in the adult section of the library, located on the upper floor of the maintenance department of the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Office.
And now that we are in the rainy season, users of the library are even more concerned about their safety.
At a fleeting glance at the building from outside, it would appear that no such problem exist, but with just a peek inside the building it tells a different story.
Over the years, repair work has been done on the building on several occasions but the shoddy work never lasts, and has proven to be a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“I came in the library to study not to be part of a pool party. I feel very uncomfortable studying here…” Kurshly James, a regular user of the library told St. Lucia News Online.
“It’s time there be a solution to the problem. Whenever it rains water gets through the windows…. The ceiling is leaking,” another library user lamented.
However, the librarians, who are visibly frustrated whenever it rains, declined to comment on the situation.
Investigations by this reporter revealed that the head of library services is aware of the problem.