Unique Services

The Unique Services areas of Central Library consist of the following special collections and library services:

  • Archives:  Queens Local History Collection
  • Auto/Car Repairs
  • Carter G. Woodson Reference Collection
  • Consumer Health Resource Center
  • International Languages Collection
  • Medical Librarian
  • Tax Forms

Archives:  Queens Local History Collection

    Since 1912, the Queens Local History Collection has collected, preserved, and made available a myriad of resources that document the social, economic, and political history of the four counties on Long Island:  Queens, Kings (Brooklyn), Nassau, and Suffolk. The Queens Local History Collection also serves as the repository of Queens Library records.

The Queens Local History Collection has one of the largest collections of primary and secondary resources from the 17th through the 21st centuries documenting Long Island.  It consists of:

  •  36,000 books and volumes of serials,
  • Approximately 2,500 cubic feet of manuscripts,
  • 4,500 maps and broadsides,
  • 105,000 photographs
  • 422 feet of vertical files,
  • 9,000 reels of microfilm.
  • Subscriptions to 49 journals, 28 newspapers.


For more information regarding the Archive please see links below:

Centennial Celebration How to Access Manuscripts Gateway
Customer Guidelines Obituary and Death Notice Requests Map & Atlas Tables
Collection Information Genealogical Holdings Newspaper List


Auto/Car Repair Manuals

Collection includes automobile service and repair manuals for major foreign and domestic car models available in the United States. Shop manuals are not available for check-out or circulation.

Domestic Foreign
Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth Audi/Volkswagen/BMW
Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Datsun/Nissan/Infiniti
General Motors Honda/Acura
Buick/Cadillac/Chevrolet Hyundai/Kia
GMC/Oldsmobile/Pontiac Mercedes Benz/Mitsubishi
Geo/Saturn Subaru/Toyota/Lexus


Carter G. Woodson Reference Collection

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history and is known as the “father of black history.”  In order to commemorate his contribution to the field of African-American history and culture, Miss Gertrude McBrown and Mrs. Ruby A. Carter, officers of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, initiated the Carter G. Woodson Collection, which was dedicated to the Queens Library in May, 1968.

The Carter G. Woodson Reference Collection is comprised of books on African-American history and life with a special emphasis given to slavery.  The collection provides a rich heritage of African-American history, culture and religion from as early as the 19th century to the present time. 

Included are subjects such as:

  • Slavery
  • Civil Rights era
  • Biographies and autobiographies of major contributors to African-American Life.

The scope of the collection covers Blacks who were born in the United States or who were brought here as slaves. The content of the collection is scholarly and provides research materials for scholars in the field, high school students and others with an interest in the subject.  With this collection we hope to preserve Dr. Woodson’s legacy and tradition of disseminating information about black life, history, and culture to the global community.


Consumer Health Resource Center

The Center provides customers with a handy reference collection of some 1,200 print and online sources on consumer health, such as encyclopedias, sourcebooks, directories, magazines, journals and online databases.


  • Prescription drugs
  • Diseases
  • Doctor’s hospital affiliation
  • Vitamins or herbal products
  • Laboratory tests
  • Medical specialists
  • Treatment plans
  • Information for college assignments
  • Other Important health issues useful for health care providers and others

The Consumer Health Resources Center medical reference collection, including the DocLineTM electronic network, joins an already extensive array of print and online information available from inside and outside the Library.

Medical Librarian

Many questions can be answered within a day of receipt; however more complicated questions may take up to four business days.

The medical librarian only provides information resources and does not diagnose. The information resources should not be interpreted as medical or professional advice. All medical information should be reviewed with your physician or health care professional.
All information related to this transaction - including your email address - will be kept confidential.

Medical Librarian
Al Piedra
Email:  apiedra@queenslibrary.org
Wednesday 2:00pm - 5:00pm
At other times please call 718-990-5130, leave voicemail.
FAX 718-990-8570.


International Languages

Consisting of materials in over 40 languages and in all Dewey classes, emphasizing fiction and 800’s (literature), the International Languages collection at Central Library represents the culture and essential literature of the countries of each language spoken.  Some of these materials are distributed to community libraries on a rotating basis. All materials can be requested from all Queens Library locations. 

Languages Covered

Bengali German Japanese Polish Tagalog
Bulgarian Greek Korean Portuguese Turkish
Chinese Gujarati Latvian Punjabi Ukrainian
Czech Haitian Creole Lithuanian Romanian Urdu
Danish Hebrew Malayalam Russian Vietnamese
Finnish Hindi Marathi Serbian Yiddish
French Italian Persian Spanish  


Tax Forms

Central Library provides the current year’s Federal and New York State tax forms, instructions, schedules and publications.   Central Library also provides lists of organizations that assist customers in tax preparation.