Detailed Latest News and Press Releases

Format: 2019-07-15

ALC and JBA Service Notice


Our Job & Business Academy (JBA) locations at Central Library and Flushing Library, in addition to all Adult Learning Centers (ALCs), will have limited hours from July 8 through August 2. Staff will be attending training and professional development workshops to better serve you.

Please note that both JBA locations will be open on Mondays, July 15, 22, and 29.

Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Jeanne Elmezzi (Long Island City), Peninsula, and Rochdale Village Adult Learning Centers will be open on Mondays, July 15, 22, and 29.

Flushing Adult Learning Center will be open on Mondays, July 15, 22, 29 and Saturdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27.

Registration for Fall ALC Classes will take place between August 12 – August 30. To sign-up for classes in August, click here and enter your information on the Appointment Form. Thank you for your understanding.



All Queens Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Library materials can be returned 24/7 at more than 40 QPL locations and renewed by phone at 718-990-8508 or online.

Digital materials are available for download, even when we're closed—including thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, songs, movies, and videos!

Get Out the Vote!


Tuesday, June 25, 2019 is Primary Election Day, and several Queens Public Library locations will serve as polling sites.

Queens residents will cast their votes at the Briarwood, Central, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Lefferts, Lefrak City, North Forest Park, Peninsula, Ridgewood, Seaside, St. Albans, and Woodside libraries, from 6AM to 9PM.

Is your library where you should vote? Please visit https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search or call 866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3692) to confirm the correct location for you to vote in your neighborhood!

Kanopy Video Streaming Service Ends July 1


After careful consideration, starting July 1, 2019, Queens Public Library will no longer offer customers free access to Kanopy, the video streaming service.

While we understand that some cardholders enjoyed this service, the increasing cost of Kanopy and the need to devote our resources to other priority services and materials that are in higher demand, such as books, e-books, and DVDs, make it unsustainable.

Video streaming is still available through Overdrive, our digital media provider, and DVDs are still available at all our branches. We also will continue exploring other options for video streaming services. In addition, next month we will start welcoming DVD purchase suggestions as part of our materials request program.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Astoria Library Closed June 24-27


Astoria Library, located at 14-01 Astoria Boulevard, will be closed from Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27 for infrastructure assessment work.

We expect the library to reopen on Friday, June 28.

During the closure, you can also visit the following nearby libraries: Long Island City, Broadway, and Woodside.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to make improvements to our libraries.