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Queens Library Secures Space for Temporary Library in Glendale

Friday, April 27, 2018

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.

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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/

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