Strategic Direction: State-of-the-Art Community Libraries
Safe, clean, comfortable facilities are central to how customers enjoy using Queens Library. Two new branches are in design; two branches are being expanded; four buildings are receiving major renovations; 40 are in some other 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 Queens Library customers.
- Redesign is underway for a new Long Island City Branch, a 15,000-sq. ft. facility to replace the existing Queensbridge and Ravenswood rental spaces. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2002.
- Design is in progress for a new Cambria Heights Branch, a 15,000-sq. ft. facility to replace the existing 5,000-sq. ft. rented space. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2002.
- Replacement of obsolete online public access computers and printers system-wide began in summer 2001; funding has been provided by the City Council for computer infrastructure replacement at 38 branches and infrastructure enhancement at 25 branches.
- Major interior renovations at the Ridgewood Branch are in design, including installation of an elevator, relocation of children’s services to the lower level and expansion of the meeting room.
- Heating and/or air conditioning replacement is in progress at seven branches, and has already been completed at five others.
- Construction is in progress at the Forest Hills Branch for improved mobility accessibility, including installation of an elevator, modification of existing entrance ramp and renovation of restrooms. Roofing repairs are complete.
- Renovation of Central Library’s Areas A&B on the lower level was completed in fall 2000, providing increased access for cultural programs and educational services.
- Renovation of the 11,000-sq. ft. Central Library Annex on the 6th floor of 91-14 Merrick Boulevard was completed in spring 2001 to free up space in the Central Library building. The Adult Learning Center got an immediate, marked boost in usage after relocating to the new space.
- Construction began in summer 2001 at Broad Channel Branch of a modular building section to expand this pre-engineered structure by 150 sq. ft., as well as to improve accessibility.
- Construction is anticipated to start in fall 2001 for security lighting installations at fourteen branches.
- Plans for the major building rehabilitation at Poppenhusen Branch are anticipated to go out to bid in fall 2001. The work includes extensive exterior renovations, improved mobility accessibility, interior renovations, public-access computer workstations and new furnishings.
- Funding acquisition continues for design and construction, outfitting and library materials for a new 15,000-sq. ft. Glen Oaks Branch and for expansion of the Jackson Heights Branch