Hurricane Irma Member Updates

The following list will be updated as member libraries can report their situation.  Please send updates to Luly Castro at

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Research Library. No damage reported.  Will re-open once Big Cypress Reservation has power restored.

Ave Maria School of Law. No damage reported.

Ave Maria University. No damage reported.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.  No damage reported.

Canterbury School. Will reopen school on Monday, September 18, 2017. The school sustained minimal damage from the storm.

Charlotte County Library System.  Englewood and Port Charlotte have re-opened. Mid County Regional Library and Punta Gorda Library are currently closed.

Collier County Public Library.  The Collier County Public Library system faired relatively well. Buildings received only minor damage due to leaks with little to no structural damage. We had heavy tree loss requiring substantial debris removal prior to reopening libraries once power was restored.

As of today, 9/18, seven out of ten libraries have reopened providing “core” services. We have chosen to cancel library programs through the remainder of the week as staff are also needed for other disaster recovery activities. We anticipate two more libraries reopening by the end of the week.

Our Everglades City Library sustained the most damage due to storm surge. While we only lost 50-60 books from the collection due to water, the wood floor of City Hall where the library is housed may have to be replaced. If so, we will have to relocate the library until restorations are complete.

Community School of Naples. School was re-opened on September 20th.

Crestwell School.  Plan to reopen school Monday, September 18th.

DeSoto County Library. DeSoto is open with internet services available. They are providing a comfort station and electricity supply for many of our patrons and guests. DeSoto still has a rising river issue in the county.

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO)

Florida Gulf Coast University. Monday, September 18th was the first day FGCU was open for faculty and staff to return. Classes and other campus activities will resume on Wednesday, September 20th. Library hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, we resume our usual schedule.

Florida SouthWestern State College None of the Library Buildings received any damage. Overall campus report:
Charlotte campus- No building damages were incurred. There was some water infiltration through exterior doors this is currently being addressed. The campus did have debris from the hurricane force winds lost some trees and branches are everywhere we have a crew along with our grounds crew that is currently working on picking up all debris as needed.

H/G Center- Lost some trees we are working on having cleaned up by our grounds company.

Building A has some exterior damage that occurred from the storm that will be addressed by Belfor (cleanup company). Roof has some wind damage that is being reviewed for repairs.

Lee campus- No major damage to any buildings, but we did have some water infiltration into Buildings G,H,N,U,X from blowing wind! There is also some infiltration from exterior leaks into X and W which have been recorded for repairs. Lost 2 directional monument signs that are reusable just need remounted. The campus suffered a lot of tree damage and plantings destroyed. 2 crews here now cleaning up and opening all roads around campus and also walkways.

Collier campus- Trees and some outside lighting was destroyed and these are being addressed and cleanup is happening. Building C and E suffered some roof damage; building E lost 3 exterior windows and these will be boarded up until we can have replacement glass installed. Some doors to 2 building were damaged by wind and these are noted.

Fort Myers Beach Public Library.  Currently without power, we will update when we have additional information.

Hendry County Library Cooperative

Hodges University.  Plan to re-open the Fort Myers campus starting Thursday, September 14. The Naples campus will remain closed until power has been restored.

Keiser University

Lee County Library System.  Lee County Library System is closed through Monday, September 18, 2017 (at least); Bonita Springs Public Library has water inside from the flooding.  It is expected that East County Regional Library in Lehigh Acres suffered greatly.

Lee Health Library. No damage reported.

Monroe County Public Library.  No official reports due to devastation in Monroe County. Unofficial reports point to extensive flooding.and damage.

Palmetto Elementary School

Parker Environmental Resource Library at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Revs Institute for Automotive Research

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School

Sanibel Public Library.  Currently without power, they have generator. No water damages, some vegetation down. Closed through Monday.

The School District of Lee County

Seminole Tribal Library System

Skyline Elementary School

Southern Technical College

Veterans Memorial Elementary

Wolford College