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Arvada Library is latest metro library to close due to meth residue

The library is closed until further notice. Testing is being done to determine how much of the building is affected.

ARVADA, Colo. — Another Front Range library is temporarily closing after methamphetamine residue was found inside the building.

The Arvada Library on 57th Avenue is temporarily closed as of Saturday, Jefferson County Public Library said.

"JCPL has been closely following the reports of methamphetamine residue found at libraries in our region and working with expert partners for guidance on this topic," the library said in an announcement on its website.

"Earlier this month, we provided information to Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and asked for guidance about the need to test our facilities. Based on JCPH's response to the Library, we conducted preliminary testing for the Arvada Library. This decision was based on a risk assessment that included reviewing incident reports of all JCPL locations," the announcement said. 

"The results of the preliminary assessment conducted by EnviroSpec indicated there was presence of methamphetamine residue at the Arvada Library," the announcement continued. "The Arvada Library will be closed as of Sat., Jan. 28 until further testing can be conducted to determine the extent of the affected area. The duration of the closure is unknown at this time and next steps will be determined in consultation with our expert partners."

> Video from Jan. 20: What does it take to make a meth-contaminated building safe again?

Over the past two months, at least three other Front Range libraries have temporarily closed after evidence of meth was found. 

Boulder's main library closed Dec. 20 and reopened earlier this month. As of Jan. 20, all restrooms at the library were still closed.

The Bemis Public Library in Littleton temporarily closed starting Jan. 18.

The Englewood Public Library temporarily closed starting Jan. 12. The library said in an update Monday that they are currently deciding on a contractor to begin the remediation process. 


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