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Format: 2015-01-25

Mayor de Blasio Launches IDNYC


Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were joined by NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Members Daniel Dromm and Peter Koo, Borough President Melinda Katz, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Queens Library Interim President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey and dozens of partner organizations at the launch of the IDNYC municipal identification program at Queens Library at Flushing. Queens Library locations at Flushing and Central Library in Jamaica are enrollment centers. To make an appointment, please visit nyc.gov/idnyc or phone 311.

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

Glen Oaks Library

The New Queens Library at Glen Oaks Is Open

Queens Library at Glen Oaks has moved to its brand new library building (pictured)! 

The new Queens Library at Glen Oaks is an award-winning 18,000 square foot building on three levels. It has separate library space for adults, children and teens with computer workstations in every area. It features a beautiful sky-lit reading lounge, two meeting/program rooms, 24/7 self-check in kiosks, an outdoor program area and is fully handicap accessible. Queens Library thanks Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Council Member Mark Weprin for funding the new library.

Queens Library at Central

Central Library Renovations

We’re excited to unveil a renovated section of Queens Library at Central: It features artwork and archival photos celebrating the rich culture of Queens; stacks and stacks of your soon-to-be favorite books; an expansive collection of DVDs, CDs, and music scores; a large job information center; a consumer health area; a quiet room perfect for studying; comfortable furniture and a beautiful décor—after all, a library serves as a second home for the whole community.

Occupying the whole north side of Central Library, this vibrant space, the second phase of four phases of planned renovations, is now welcoming customers. Other features:

  • An expanded media center
  • Self check-in stations
  • Automated returned-book/media sorting; materials will be back on the shelves in record time
  • New general reference area, plus specialized job information and health reference areas
  • A quiet room
  • Stacks in Dewey order so materials are easier to find

Construction is being done in phases so the library can continue public service throughout the renovations. Phases III and IV are projected to be completed in 2014 and include the following:

  • New entrance
  • New Customer Service desks and self check-out
  • Café and gift shop in the “plaza” area where library customers will read and relax
  • New teen areas with separate study and creative areas, along with quiet and program rooms

Phase I, already completed, brought these new improvements to the library:

  • New ADA-compliant bathrooms
  • A state-of-the-art Cyber Center (approximately 70 workstations
    + 30 workstations for training and programs)
  • Electronic scheduling for computer use

Check out more photos of the newly renovated section of Queens Library at Central.


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Queens Library to Lend Free e-Readers

Beginning on April 12, 2012, Queens Library will be lending 50 e-readers pre-loaded with e-books at the Central Library in Jamaica. It is a pilot program. It is the first time the service has been made available in one of NYC's public libraries. The e-readers have books on one of five themes: best sellers, romances, mysteries, teens' or children's books. There are also 50 works of classic literature loaded onto each reader. Library users may present a Queens Library card and photo ID to check out the devices free for 7 days, with the option to renew twice.

E-readers are compact, lightweight and hold many volumes simultaneously. They are particularly convenient when traveling and for people who find having many books "in their pockets" to be helpful. Because the size of the text and the lighting are adjustable, they are easy to view for a wide range of readers.

As the pilot is evaluated and funding becomes available, e-readers will be introduced to other library locations.