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Format: 2014-11-21

Temporary Closings



Queens Library at Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue, is closed temporarily for the installation of a new roof. Find out more

Queens Library at Rosedale at 144-20 243rd Street is closed for renovations. Details are here.

Queens Library at Hollis to Close Temporarily


Queens Library at 202-05 Hillside Avenue in Hollis will close temporarily at the close of business on September 12, 2014 while a new roof is installed. While the library is closed, limited service will be provided by the Mobile Library every Monday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. The library is expected to re-open in November.

During the temporary closure, library customers are invited to use any of Queens Library’s other locations. The closest are at  94-11 217 Street  in Queens Village; 187-05 Union Turnpike in Hillcrest (24/7 returns) or  79-50 Bell Boulevard, in Windsor Park (24/7 returns) or visit www.queenslibrary.org for additional information and resources.

Queens Library joins the community in thanking NYC Council Member Mark Weprin for funding this library improvement.

Children's Room, Queens Library at Broadway, to Close Temporarily


To prepare for major renovations, the Children's Room at Queens Library at Broadway will be closed from Monday, September 8 through Saturday, September 13.

A temporary Children’s Room will open on the lower level on Monday, September 15. It will provide limited library service while the Children’s Room is being renovated. The main floor of the library will remain open and available throughout construction.

The new Children's Room will feature more customer service space, a self-check station, more computers for children, new décor, brand new furniture and a fun new feature unique to the borough’s libraries: a fully operational model train set circulating the front of the room on tracks suspended overhead! Construction is expected to take approximately four months.

The Queens Library joins the community in thanking New York State Assembly Member Cathy Nolan, New York State Assembly Member Marge Markey, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and the State of New York for funding improvements to this library. 

Rosedale Library Temporarily Closed for Renovations


Queens Library at 144-20 243rd Street in Rosedale is temporarily closed for renovations. It is expected to re-open to customer service in early fall.

During the temporary closure, the Mobile Library will be providing limited service on Wednesdays from 8:30 - 5. Library customers are also invited to use any other Queens Library location or to visit www.queenslibrary.org.

Sandy Libraries

Update on Shorefront Libraries: New Services and Rebuilding Libraries


     We are approaching the anniversary of the landing of Superstorm Sandy on our shores. Queens Library has been working hard to help the communities in the Rockaways rebuild, while continuing to provide the educational and informational support that you value. We are here for homework help, job skills training, education for adults and children, ESOL classes, and so much more, to provide the resources needed for learning, personal growth and business development.

     I want to update you on the status of rebuilding the storm-damaged libraries, and also tell you about some new enhancements. We have come a long way, and expect to be see all the waterfront community libraries as good as new very soon.

Where? What?  When?
Queens Library at Seaside,
116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park
The library is back and serving the public. Re-opened!
Queens Library at Arverne, 312 Beach 54 Street. The temporary library is serving the community with programs, classes, job search help, homework assistance and more. It will re-open in March 2014. Re-opening March 18, 2014
Queens Library at Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach This library requires extensive re-building due to storm damage. Design is nearly complete. A modular building is on site for lending materials and for computer access. Re-opening is expected by the end of 2014.
NEW SERVICE! Queens Library at Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Avenue We welcome Workforce 1 to Queens Library! In addition to all the wonderful community library services you expect, Workforce 1 staff are offering connections to jobs that are right for you. All programs and services are free. Available right now!
NEW SERVICE! Queens Library at Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Avenue  “Single Stop” is coming, thanks to funding from the Robin Hood Foundation. Professional case managers will meet with customers to outline the benefits for which each family is eligible, such as food stamps, health insurance, child-care subsidies, tax credits, energy assistance, public assistance, and housing assistance. Through the Single Stop affiliated network, we will also be able to bring legal, financial and tax professionals to the Library.   Available November 2013.
NEW LIBRARY! Queens Library at Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Avenue The brand-new Queens Library at Far Rockaway is in final design. It will be well worth waiting for.   Coming 2016.


Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO
Queens Library