State-of-the-Art Community Libraries

State-of-the-Art Community Libraries

Safe, clean, comfortable facilities are central to how customers enjoy using Queens Library. Buildings across the borough are in some phase of capital improvement. They are being upgraded for customer comfort, more service and program space, energy-efficiency, to accommodate new technology and to be accessible to all Library customer.

  • The new Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center opened in November 1999. The new building is almost four times the size of the old facility, with a separate children’s room, scholar-worthy research area for the Black Heritage Reference Center, auditorium and courtyard for library programs, and more.
  • The new South Jamaica Branch opened in December 1999. Its gleaming 13,500 square feet replaced the undersized rental facility. It is the first “green architecture” building built by New York City. Its innovative design plus state-of-the-art customer service space accounted for an immediate skyrocket in community usage.
  • Creativity and a true customer service imperative fueled renovations at Rochdale Village and Elmhurst. They are part of the “Dream Branches” project, an attempt to make library locations more appealing to customers.
  • A new branch for Cambria Heights is being designed, to replace an inadequate rented facility. The new branch will feature 9,000 square feet of customer service space. Construction is anticipated to begin late fall 2001. Funding has been provided by City Council Deputy Majority Leader Archie Spigner and Borough President Claire Shulman.
  • Design consultants were selected for the new Long Island City Branch. It will feature 9,000 square feet of customer service area, double that of the current Queensbridge and Ravenswood Branches combined. It will include a full-service Children’s Room, a meeting room and an Adult Learning Center. Construction is anticipated to begin in late fall 2001, with funding from Borough President Claire Shulman and the City Council.
  • The Jackson Heights Branch was made more fully accessible to all library customers with the addition of a new elevator.
  • The Woodside Branch received a full interior renovation, including an elevator for open access, and expanded children’s services area.
  • Design has been completed for a long-awaited rehabilitation of the landmark Poppenhusen Branch, an original Carnegie building. Work will include full interior renovation, an elevator for open access, renovation of the lower level customer service area, a new roof and heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment.
  • Plans are underway for the expansion of both the Corona and Broad Channel Branches.

     

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