THE public library in Port Moresby has reduced its operational hours to only half-days.
Acting director-general Jacob Hevelava said he had issued a green light for the shorter working hours as a result of the air-conditioning system’s failure.
“The working hours were minimised due to non conducive work environment, for the staff. They have been very tolerant during the entire period in such an unhealthy work environment,” Mr Hevelava said.
Mr Hevelava said he was informed by the service provider that the library needed to install an air conditioning system costing K25,000 to cool the library.
Mr Hevelava, however, is also questioning the service provider to explain how the breakdown occurred when the machine was installed only two years ago.
In December, one of the air conditioning technicians visited the library unannounced.
A representative from the air conditioning company was unavailable for comment yesterday.
In the meantime, the library will continue to provide only half-day services until the problem is solved.
The library corporate manager Timothy Numara said they were awaiting approval from the accounts section before they could commission the repairs.