Google-owned Central Library in Hawaii is closing for repairs

A Google-controlled central library in Hawaii, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, has been closed after it was damaged in a fire, the library’s board announced Monday.

The fire damaged the library at Central Library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, according to a statement from the board.

Google has been using the library for free since April 2017.

“It’s not just a Google facility,” board chairwoman and senior library management officer Lori Womack told the Honolulu Advertiser in an email.

“This is the library where our library users can gather, use technology, and access the books they love.”

The fire occurred in a library’s basement, Womak said.

The library’s website says that “Google uses libraries for free, but we also provide a variety of services, including computer, online and paper services, digital books, and other services.”

The library closed its doors Monday afternoon.

The board did not provide an exact date for when it might reopen.

Google declined to comment on the fire.

The Google-run library is located in the city of Manoa.

It was closed on Tuesday after a building maintenance crew reported a smoke detector alarm in the library, Wamak said in the statement.

The building’s maintenance crews were not able to immediately determine what caused the fire, she added.

Google also operates a nearby library, the Manoa Regional Library, which is a Google-funded project.

Google is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of libraries throughout the Pacific Rim region, according a statement on the company’s website.