Detailed Latest News and Press Releases

Format: 2017-11-18



All Queens Library locations are closed today, Tuesday, March 14, due to the blizzard forecast and expected hazardous travel conditions.

Return dates for all checked-out materials due on March 14 will be extended.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you and please stay safe during today’s weather.



East Elmhurst Community Library, located at 95-06 Astoria Boulevard, is now open for regular hours.

The first phase of the library's renovation and expansion project has been completed, and the library will operate on its regular schedule during the remainder of the project, which is expected to be done by the end of 2018.

The full renovation of the library will include a 4,500-square-foot addition for a community assembly room, a quiet reading area, a cyber center, and more space for teens and adults.

Statement on the Passing of Helen Marshall


Queens Library would not be the world-class library system it is today without Helen. She believed in libraries as places where communities are empowered and inspired, where children can nurture a love of learning and discovery and where adults can gain the skills they need to adapt to a changing workforce. Her passion for libraries drove her to secure a record amount of capital funding to upgrade, expand or improve many of the 62 libraries throughout our system and to continue to open new ones.

Helen was a personal inspiration; her advocacy on behalf of children was exemplary, and she represented Queens with dignity. Her leadership and vision will be felt in our libraries and beyond for generations, and we will be forever grateful to her.

-- Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO, Queens Library



All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 20 for Presidents' Day.

Library materials can be returned 24/7 at more than 40 Queens Library locations and renewed by phone at 718-990-8508 or at queenslibrary.org.

Digital materials are available for download, even when we're closed—including thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, songs, movies, and videos!



Maspeth Community Library, located at 69-70 Grand Avenue, will be closed until Tuesday, February 21 for emergency maintenance.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Customers are invited to use nearby community library locations; please visit queenslibrary.org/ql_findabranch.