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Lackawanna library closed after SUV strikes building

Structural engineers are looking to see how much damage was done to the Lackawanna Public Library after an SUV struck the library Tuesday afternoon. It remains closed until further notice.

The graceful, colonial-style brick library building at 560 Ridge Road is a historic city treasure, built in 1922 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie, the steel tycoon. It also houses the city’s history museum. Because of its age, the library may need some asbestos remediation before it can be repaired, said Joy Cinquino, spokewoman for the Buffalo and Erie County Libraries.

The SUV that struck the building did not penetrate the inside of the library, and no one was hurt. But the damage to the exterior is still being evaluated, and no timetable has yet been set for its reopening, Cinquino said.

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