Ottawa Library’s non-fiction children’s section is open to the public following two sewer pipe incidents last month.
In early June, a 10-foot sewer pipe on the back north wall above the section cracked, causing sewage to spill out over the books, according to Herald archives. Another pipe cracked a week later, causing even more damage. Around 2,446 books had to be thrown out, Terry Chartier, the library's director, said.
“It’s all ready for people to come in and enjoy the children’s department,” she said.
But the library is still waiting to hear back on its insurance claim, Chartier said. The library is hopeful insurance will cover about 34 percent of the cost of replacing books, she said.
The total amount of damage was $42,583.97.