Queens Library at Kew Gardens Hills will close for expansion at the end of business on Friday, February, 22, 2013. A temporary library will open in mid-March 2013, at 71-34 Main Street, providing continual service during the expansion of the main facility. Library customers are also invited to use any of Queens Library's other locations. The nearest are Queens Library at Hillcrest, at 187-05 Union Turnpike; Queens Library at Briarwood, at 85-12 Main Street; and Queens Library at Pomonok, at 158-21 Jewel Avenue. All three of these libraries accept returns 24/7.
When the library re-opens in 2015, it will feature an additional 3,000 sq. ft. of library space including expanded space for adults, teens and children. It will have double the number of public-use computers, fast RFID-powered self-checkout, 24/7 self-checkin and a larger meeting room. A new, design award-winning entry and building profile will encompass an energy-saving green roof. It will be eligible for LEED Silver certification. The building will be fully handicap accessible. It was designed by WORK Architects. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held in March, 2013.
Queens Library joins the community in thanking Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, New York City Council Member James Gennaro, New York State Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz and New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky for funding this expansion of Queens Library at Kew Gardens Hills.