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Format: 2018-09-19

Queens Library Secures Space for Temporary Library in Glendale


Glendale, N.Y. _ Queens Library will offer six-day service from a temporary space at a local shopping center while its Glendale branch is renovated.

The Library’s Board of Trustees on Thursday night unanimously approved a one-year lease for 1,409 square feet of storefront space at The Shops at Atlas Park, located at 8000 Cooper Avenue.

“We are grateful to the community and our customers for making clear how important this branch is to them, and we thank Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. for helping find a suitable and affordable location,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott.

“It is great to see that the people of Glendale will still have access to all the wonderful resources of their library, even while the building undergoes a much-needed reconstruction,” said New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo. “I am happy to have been a part of the partnership between Queens Library and Atlas Park, and I want to express my thanks to Atlas Park for opening their space to allow the Glendale Library a temporary space during their reconstruction, and to Queens Library for making sure Glendale residents did not lose their library.”

The site is approximately 10 blocks northeast of the permanent branch at 78-60 73rd Place, which closed to the public April 14. The Library is offering mobile service each Friday until the temporary space is ready towards the end of May.

“We are very excited to have the Glendale branch of Queens Library join us at Atlas Park while they are going through a renovation,” said property manager Peter M. DeLucia, Jr. “The Library is a strong community partner and will be a great addition to our center.”

The $4.7 million renovation of the Glendale branch calls for restoring the building’s interior space to its original grandeur and installing an elevator, an accessible entrance and a book drop; creating new adult and teen reading rooms, modifying the vestibule, reconstructing the front stairs and upgrading its walled, rear garden.

Faced with brick and completed in 1936 with funding from the federal Works Progress Administration, Glendale Community Library encompasses 10,800 square feet on three levels. The main floor features original woodwork, details and finishes, making the branch one of Queens Library’s most unique buildings. Construction is expected to begin early next month, and the reopening is scheduled for fall 2019.


About Queens Library

Founded in 1896, Queens Library is an independent, non-profit public library system and one of three serving the City of New York. It consists of a Central Library and 62 community libraries that attract more than 11.2 million visitors each year. Queens Library is one of the highest circulating library systems in the nation and among the busiest in the world. Visit online at: http://www.queenslibrary.org/

Long Island City is Open, Today April 21


We are happy to announce that Long Island City Community Library located at 37-24 21st Street is open to the public today, April 21 at regular hours from 10 am to 5 pm.

Thanks to the community and customers for their patience.

NYCitizenship Information Sessions


Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions to learn how to apply for citizenship easily; the benefits of becoming a citizen; and how to receive financial counseling.

Friday, April 20
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Astoria Community Library

14-01 Astoria Blvd.

Monday, May 21
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Flushing Community Library

41-17 Main Street

Upcoming Library Closings


South Jamaica Community Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, will close on Thursday, April 5 through the end of August 2018 so that its roof can be replaced. Learn More.

Glendale Community Library, located at 78-60 73 Place, will close for extensive renovations starting on Saturday, April 14. We expect Glendale Library to be closed until the Fall of 2019. Learn More.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue to work to make improvements to our libraries.

Whitestone Library Reopens April 2


We’re happy to announce that Whitestone Community Library, located at 151-10 14 Road, will reopen to the public on Monday, April 2 at 12 p.m.

We thank the community and our customers for their patience!