Queens Library has launched an online capital projects tracking tool to provide comprehensive information about the progress of capital improvements to its libraries. The Capital Projects Tracker is available at www.queenslibrary.org/capital. Queens Library is the only one of New York City’s public library systems to offer such detailed, transparent information online.
Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO of Queens Library, said: “There are nearly 100 active Library capital projects on any given day in Queens and more in development, ranging from technology upgrades to interior renovations to expansions to brand new facilities, all planned to realize first-class library service. In our outreach and engagement with stakeholders, we have heard a desire to learn more about these projects. We are deeply committed to transparency and communication with our customers and the public. In response to your requests for more information about capital projects and to provide a window into the process, we have created an online Capital Projects Tracking Tool.”
In FY '17, Queens Library received the largest capital funding in a single year in its history—$50.9 million. The funds are badly needed to build and renovate libraries. At the same time, the unprecedented investment underscores an increased obligation to report out to the public and various funding stakeholders.
The Capital Projects Tracker lists which projects are funded, who funded them, what upgrades are planned, and what stage projects are in, plus information about how the capital process works. Anyone can click on any Queens Library location to see information about active, completed, and future capital projects for that library. Information will be updated quarterly.
“We hope the Capital Projects Tracker will facilitate an ongoing conversation about meeting capital needs at a time when the demand for Library programs and services is greater than ever,” said Dennis M. Walcott.