Highlights of the Collection

Biography Collection

This vast and diverse collection of circulating individual biographies and autobiographies; collective biographies; and genealogical resources can be found in the History/Travel/Biography collection.  Reference collection includes biographical directories, dictionaries, almanacs, and encyclopedias. A sampling of reference titles includes: Dictionary of World Biography; Encyclopedia of World Biography; International Who's Who; Great Lives from History series; Current Biography Yearbook; Biography and Genealogy Master Index; Almanac of Famous People; and Who's Who and Who Was Who. In addition to the print collection, the library subscribes to the following biographical databases:  Biography and Genealogy Master Index and Biography Resource Center.

Citizenship & Immigration

Numerous U.S.A. immigration guides and federal citizenship texts are available for circulation.  Among the available reference books are the Immigration Procedures Handbook and the Immigration Act of 1990 Today, which can be used in the library.  In addition to the print collection, the library subscribes to the following database: LearningExpress Library.   This database includes a number of practice tests for the U.S. Citizenship Exam.  Queens Library has identified a number of valuable resources related to Citizenship and Immigration Services.   To learn more about becoming a citizen of the United States, visit United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Community Information

Print editions of Community District Needs; the 3 volume New York City Zoning Resolution books; and The Green Book: Official Directory of the City of New York are available for use at the Social Sciences Reference Desk.  Online editions are available at www.nyc.gov

 Social Sciences has numerous books with Census data.  Here are additional sources of Community Information:

Law Collection

The Law collection features statutes, case law, digests, agency regulations at the New York City, State, and Federal level and legal materials on miscellaneous subjects.

Federal sources include U.S. Reports; U.S. Code Annotated; U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News; Federal Reporter 2-3; Federal Appendix; Federal Supplement 1-2; Shepard’s U.S. Citations; Code of Federal Regulations; and ALR-Federal 1-2.

New York State collection includes McKinney's Consolidated Laws of N.Y.; New York Supplement 1-2; Laws of N.Y.; McKinney's Forms; West's New York Digest 4th; N.Y. Jurisprudence 2nd; N.Y. Practice Library volumes on Landlord and Tenant, Law and the Family, and Practice of Real Property; and N.Y. Law Journal.

New York City legal sources include New York City Rules and Regulations (available at the Social Sciences Reference Desk) and New York City Charter and Administrative Code (located on the North wall of the Social Sciences Division).

National sources include Corpus Juris Secundum; ALR 2-6; West’s Legal Forms; and Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Legal information including state cases and statutes, lawyer information, and a variety of downloadable, state-specific legal forms can also be found on the Lawchek Online database, available through the library’s website.  Customers also have in-library access to the online legal research service, Westlaw.  In addition to these databases, LawHelp.org/NY is a free website that provides legal information and referrals designed primarily for low and moderate income New Yorkers.

The New York City Civil Court offers free court forms, as well as answers to basic questions about legal representation and procedures.  Housing Court is also part of this court, offering resources to help city residents deal with housing issues.

The Law Library of Queens County also offers free access to a wealth of legal materials and provides research and reference assistance to the public.  

Periodicals and Newspapers

The four major New York daily newspapers:

  • Daily News
  • New York Post
  • New York Times
  • Newsday

along with other local, national, and special interest newspapers are located in the History Division.  Examples include:

  • Amsterdam News
  • The Chief
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • NY Law Journal
  • National Law Journal
  • USA Today
  • Village Voice
  • Etc.

Back issues of the following newspapers are on microfilm and located in Social Sciences:

  • New York Times (1851-present)
  • Daily News (1950-present)

Newspapers can also be accessed through online databases including: National Newspaper Index, Custom Newspapers; and New York State Newspapers.

Hundreds of popular magazines and scholarly journals are available in different subject areas in the History Division.  Back issues are kept on microfilm or are bound.  Articles can also be accessed through our online databases:  Find online journals.

Travel and Map Collection

These two collections can be found in the History Division. Collections encompass thousands of travel guides and hundreds of circulating maps for countries, U.S. cities, and regions. The reference collection includes geographical, state, historical, and commercial atlases such as Times Atlas of the World, Atlas of Pennsylvania, Atlas of the Civil War, and Rand McNally Commercial Atlas & Marketing