Charles W. Turnbull Library to open with limited hours

The Public Computer Center (PCC) at the Charles Wesley Turnbull Public Library on St. Thomas, USVI

ST. THOMAS — Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas reopened this week with limited hours (Mondays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m) and a faulty chiller that forced the building to close is still awaiting final repairs.

The library had been closed since May 17 after the building’s chiller and compression pump malfunctioned.

While the air conditioning has functioned well enough to preserve the library’s collections, Dawn Henry, commissioner for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, which oversees library operations in the territory, said at the time that it is not working at full capacity and cannot accommodate body heat from patrons or the frequent opening and closing of the library’s door.

The chillers on the Turnbull Library should have received an anti-corrosion coating when they were first installed, Henry said. The chillers were not coated, and as a result, they rusted through, Henry said.

Services are limited to the second-floor areas where the Public Computer Center, the Von Scholten Collection and Public Services in the general circulation area are housed, Nielsen said.

The library also is operating with limited hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nielsen said the department is still procuring parts to repair the faulty chiller. It is unclear when the library will return to full service.

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email

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