SAN BERNARDINO -- Flooding is expected to keep Norman F. Feldheym Library, the city's main library, closed until Thursday.

That's in addition to security concerns that temporarily have Feldheym closing early - 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.

"We did it reluctantly to protect the public and the staff until the next board meeting," said Thomas Rennard, vice president of the San Bernardino Public Library board, in a written statement.

Neither Rennard nor board President Milton Clark could be reached for details. Former Interim Library Director Deborah Clark has stopped working after officials from the California Public Employee Retirement System said she had exceeded the time someone may work in the public sector while still collecting retirement benefits based on another public sector job.

The early closure was added as an emergency item - meaning it wasn't on the board's agenda - and is expected to be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting, June 13 at 3 p.m.

The three branch libraries are closed today and Monday for Memorial Day, but are normally open Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Howard Rowe Branch is at 108 E. Marshall Blvd, Dorothy Inghram Branch is at 1505 W. Highland Ave, and Paul Villase or Branch is at 525 N. Mt. Vernon Ave.

Financial pressures may soon force some branches to close, but library staff and the City Council are working with nonprofit groups to keep them open.

Several city officials gave their entire travel funds for the year to keep the libraries open until a longer-term solution was found.