In the meantime, city and library staff have made sure to keep the area temperature and humidity controlled. Patrons can request the material, which will then be retrieved by library staff.
When they met one day after the flooding occurred, members of the library needs assessment steering committee said relocating the Root Cellar materials, many of which are one-of-a-kind, was a priority.
Although Birtell has thought about ways she could relocate some of the collection, she said it's not possible in the current facility.
With a history of provisional repairs on the more than century-old building, Birtell said the flooding and damage it caused points to the need for a long-term solution for the structure.
"These were temporary fixes. That's all they were meant to be and now they're coming undone," Birtell said.