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About Us

The Queens Public Library serves 2.3 million people from 62 locations plus seven Adult Learning Centers and two Family Literacy Centers. It circulates among the highest numbers of books and other library materials in the country.

Governance

Queens Public Library is an autonomous library system, guided by a 19-member Board of Trustees alternately appointed by the Mayor of the City of New York and the Queens Borough President. The Mayor, the Public Advocate, the Comptroller, the Speaker of the City Council, and the Borough President are Ex-officio members. 

Board of Trustees & Committee Meetings

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Please be advised that the following committee and board meetings are scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2019:

6:00 PM - Meeting of the Labor Relations Committee

6:15 PM - Buildings & Grounds Committee

6:30 PM - Executive Committee

6:45 PM - Finance & Investments Committee

7:00 PM - Board of Trustees

This meeting will be held in the Hon. Robert T. Groh Board Room at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432.

 

Administration

Dennis M. Walcott is the President and CEO. A senior management team, comprised of specialists in a variety of areas, including Community Library Services, Information Technology, Marketing and Communications, Technical Services, Finance, and Human Resources, provide expertise in their respective fields.

Funding

Queens Public Library receives approximately 95.2% of its funding from New York City, New York State and the federal government. The library's budget is presented for public comment at an open budget hearing. Information on the budget is available here.  Public funding enables Queens Public Library to be a good Library; private donations to the Queens Library Foundation from our dedicated and generous community of funders make Queens Public Library exceptional.  Find out more our private fundraising by going to here.

At A Glance

  • In Fiscal Year 2017, 12.7 million items were circulated.
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, in-person attendance was over 11.2 million people.
  • Some 1.4 million people attended more than 80,000 free programs in FY 17.
  • Staff answered almost 2.8 million reference inquiries in FY 17.
  • Queens Public Library has more than 4.9 million items in its collections.
  • Friends of the Queens Public Library comprise 3,000 members. Friends are instrumental in volunteering, promoting, and advocating for the Library. For information, call (718) 990-8583.
  • More than 2,300 students attended structured classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages in Fiscal Year 2017.
  • Over 7,000 adults attended over 750 classes at our Adult Learning Centers for self-study and English conversation practice.

Publications

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available online and at a Queens Public Library location near you.

You can subscribe to Queens Public Library email updates and other publications delivered electronically here.