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Annual Report 2005
The Best Library Building
Queens Library is a destination.
People come for the welcoming environment and interaction, as much as for the resources they find there. Libraries need to be: spacious enough to accommodate the demand for services, attractive and comfortable, able to accommodate tomorrow’s technology while still retaining traditional charm, serene and welcoming, and always clean and safe.
Thanks to the generous financial support of government leaders, $31.5 million committed in FY ’05 and a record-breaking $35.5 committed for FY ’06!, Queens Library has an aggressive capital program to make all our libraries the best they can be.
Fiscal Year 2005 was groundbreaking, literally and figuratively.
- The Children’s Library Discovery Center, adjacent to the Central Library in Jamaica, is in design development. It will use interactive exhibits and learning labs to teach children ages 3-12 how to find information they want and need.
- The Corona Branch was completely renovated and enlarged and re-opened in May 2005. Now 50% larger, drenched in natural light and warm colors, it welcomes the community with glass walls, larger customer service areas, a new teen area, and many customer service enhancements, including an RFID self-service system.
- The Court Square Branch re-opened in June 2005 after a complete interior renovation. The branch was closed to public service for only eight weeks, but in that short time, it was totally transformed. Multimedia materials are now easier to find. RFID self-service speeds the branch’s busy lunchtime visitors on their way.
- The lower level of the Ridgewood Branch neared completion to open a new Children’s Room along with a new elevator and other enhancements.
- A new 18,000 square foot Cambria Heights Branch is in construction. It will replace the current rental facility and is expected to open for public service in 2006.
- The new Long Island City Branch is nearing completion and is expected to open for public service in 2006, replacing the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Branches. The new 18,000-square foot library will house an Adult Learning Center, and will form an educational campus with P.S. 111.
- A new Glen Oaks Branch library is in design, to be built on the same site as the current branch. It will be 80% larger than the community’s current library facility.
- Jackson Heights can look forward to a new regional library. 50,000-square feet on seven levels will supply that vibrant, information-hungry community with library services. Half the needed funding has been committed, the balance is being sought.