Milestone in FY 2000

The Queens Borough Public Library serves a book-hungry population of two million from 63 library locations plus six Adult Learning Centers. It circulates more library items than any other library system in the country.

  • More than 17.2 million items were circulated.
  • In-person attendance exceeded 16.9 million people.
  • Some 597,459 people attended 27,702 free programs, including 162,799 adults, 38,228 young adults, and 396,432 children. This is 14% more than the year previous.
  • Staff answered 4.18 million reference and directional inquiries.
  • Volunteers donated 40,000 hours of valuable general service. Additionally, Adult Literacy tutors volunteered more than 11,000 hours to help their neighbors learn to read better.
  • There were 862,920 active borrowers in FY 2000.
  • 1,541 Friends of the Queens Library were instrumental in volunteering, promoting and advocating for the Library.
  • The new Langston Hughes and South Jamaica library branches were dedicated.
  • Queens Library received the first-ever National Award for Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C. Library Director Gary E. Strong and Board President Patricia Flynn attended a presentation in the Capitol.
  • Queens Library was named part of the Digital Steppingstone Project by the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute. As an outstanding example of how public libraries can bridge the “digital divide,” the development of WorldLinQ™, our multi-lingual information delivery system, will be studied and published for the benefit of others.
  • Queens Library was named by the White House to participate as a Sister Library in the White House Millennium Council Project. Children’s projects are underway with colleagues in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • Outstanding, original exhibitions in Queens Library’s Gallery spaces added to the cultural life of the Borough. Visible Traces: Rare Books and Special Collections from The National Library of China in July of 1999 showcased writing as an integral part of Chinese history. It included priceless treasures that had never been seen outside of China before. An exhibit of the Flushing Remonstrance during the autumn drew visitors to the Flushing Library. Signed in 1657, it is the oldest document in North America demanding religious tolerance.