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The Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library was among the hardest hit public structures in this week’s flood – but neighbors are pitching in to help get the library back on its feet.

Library Director Craig Buthod says the managers of the neighboring Heyburn Building have donated space for the library to house some of its offices during the recovery.

“It’s really generous of them,” says Buthod, “they’ve given us a full floor of offices and we’ll be able to move over there and stay close by, and they’re giving it to us for free, it’s a donation to the library, so we’re really grateful for that.”

Buthod says they’re working now to get the library-wide computer systems back, and hope to have that completed this weekend.

In the long term, Buthod says they hope to have some public parts of the library open by Labor Day, but full recovery isn’t expected until December. Damage to the building has been estimated at five-million dollars and about 50-thousand books were destroyed.