Sandusky Library director Julie Brooks cited several reasons for closing the library numerous times this winter. On Feb. 7, for instance, the temperature at 10 a.m. — when the library normally would have opened its doors — was 1 degree.
Brooks said many library patrons walk to the building, and she is concerned about people's safety when they are outdoors, as the schools obviously are.
"We don't really want to encourage people to put their lives in danger," Brooks said.
It's difficult to keep all of the library warm during days of extreme cold, Brooks said.
"The sliding doors don't really get a chance to close," said Brooks, referring to the main entrance. "We can't seem to maintain an even temperature."
Finally, when it is particularly cold, salt doesn't seem to work very well and the library has trouble keeping the sidewalks safe for walking, Brooks said. She said she regrets having had to close the library so often.
"It's an unusual occurrence for us," said Brooks, who said she planned to have the library open as usual on Saturday.