Oakland's Main Library Without Power for 4th Day After Breaker Blows

Oakland's main library has been out of power for nearly three and a half days because of a breaker that went out Wednesday morning, a library official said Friday.

The breaker blew at about 8:20 a.m. at the main library at 125 14th St., director of library services Gerry Garzon said.

An electrical contractor was at the library Friday trying to fix the breaker and if that can't be done library officials will have a generator hooked up to restore power, heat and computer systems.

Branch libraries are open but their computer systems are down because of the power outage at the main library.

OPL Advocates, a group made up of patrons and groups that advocate on behalf of the library, alerted others to the power outage by posting a message on Twitter.

Kathryn Sterbenc, president of Friends of the Oakland Public Library, said on behalf of OPL Advocates, "We actively support the library's current effort to place a parcel-tax measure on the June '18 ballot to address exactly this type of issue, which is rampant because of deferred maintenance and budget cuts."

More info about the ballot measure here can be found at Sterbenc said the measure goes to the Rules Committee on Thursday.

But Garzon said $2 million has been allocated from Measure KK, which was passed in November 2016, to upgrade the electrical system at the library. The $2 million will also be used for data, emergency lighting and security lighting outside the library.

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