Tuscaloosa Public Library gets funding for sorely needed roof repairs

Tuscaloosa Public Library

The Tuscaloosa Public Library is getting some major funding this week earmarked for much-needed renovations.

Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday approved $1.1 million for the library system, which has three branches around Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said there’s no time like the present to support the local public library.

“The library is an institution that really touches everyone in the community,” Maddox said. “It’s importance is going to continue.”

On Monday, the Northport City Council approved $378,000 in funding so the main branch on Jack Warner Parkway can replace its roof. That money couldn’t have come at a better time, said TPL Executive Director Jennifer Pearson.

“Our roof is in pretty bad condition,” Pearson said. “After the (funding) freeze in December we had even more leaks. We have approximately 11 active leaks right now.”

Funding for the new roof is being split between Tuscaloosa, Northport and Tuscaloosa County.

“The library is always going to play an essential role into the knowledge and education of our community,” said Maddox.

A timeline for renovations has not yet been set.

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