Providence Libraries in Need of Repair

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Advocates say Providence's libraries are in desperate need of repair, but problems over the ownership of the buildings is thwarting efforts to fix them up.

Seven of the nine libraries are still owned by the Providence Public Library, the nonprofit that operated the entire city library system until July 2009, when the city transferred its $3.5 million library allocation to the Providence Community Library.

The PPL, which operates the downtown Central Library, agreed to lease its branch buildings to the city for $1 a year. The leases are scheduled to expire next July, but the city and the PPL have not finalized the transfer of the buildings to the city.

The Providence Journal reports that the transfer of the properties is key to addressing building deficiencies, including leaking roofs and a lack of air conditioning.

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