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Boise’s main library was closed for the New Year. But patrons were still inside

The first weekday of 2023 was, for many, a holiday. January 2nd was the observed holiday for New Year’s Day, which fell on Sunday. And for all public City of Boise buildings except the airport, employees were off, and the doors were locked.

Well, all public buildings except the airport… and the Boise Public Library branches. But not by design.

City of Boise spokesperson Maria Weeg told BoiseDev the libraries opened up at 10 am, but confirmed they were supposed to be closed, and no employees were inside. The issue impacted the main library building and each branch library location throughout the city.

“They learned about the issue about 10:30 and had it resolved within an hour,” Weeg said. “There were about four to five people in the (main library).”

Garden City resident Joe Jaszewski said on Twitter that Boise Police officers were on scene to “sort things out.”

Weeg said the change from 2022 to 2023 caused the issue.

“The year change was not updated properly,” she said. “Our security lead fixed it quickly and has put steps in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

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