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Update: September 26, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

Please note that the FDA has approved FlowFlex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test shelf life extensions from 12 months to 19 months, when stored at 36-86°F. Their new expiration dates are 7 months beyond the date printed on the kit box. Learn More Here.

These kits are made available through a partnership with the NYC Test & Treat Corps.

 

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Update: September 18, 2022, 10AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Sept. 19-20 and Sept. 22-25

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Monday, September 19; Tuesday, September 20; and Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25, from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: September 12, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Sept. 12-18

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) from Monday, September 12 through Sunday, September 18 from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: September 10, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: September 6, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Sept. 6-Sept. 11

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) from Tuesday, September 6 through Sunday, September 11 from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: September 5, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: August 28, 2022, 11AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library August 29-September 3

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) from Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 2 from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday, September 3 from 9am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: August 26, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: August 19, 2022, 12PM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library August 22-26

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) from Monday, August 22 through Friday, August 26 from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: June 30, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: June 15, 2022, 2PM

COVID-19 Vaccine Van Available Outside Rosedale Library on June 16

Queens Public Library is partnering with NYC Health + Hospitals to offer a free mobile COVID-19 vaccine site outside our Rosedale branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street) on Thursday, June 16 from 1-7pm.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available for New Yorkers age 12 and older. No appointments are needed, and there is no cost to you!

To find other vaccine sites in Queens and across NYC, call 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692) or visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

 

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Update: May 19, 2022, 8AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: May 9, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Seaside Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Seaside branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Seaside Library (116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) on Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13 from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: April 28, 2022, 10AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: April 25, 2022, 8AM

COVID-19 Vaccine Truck Available Outside Rosedale Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with Assemblyman Khaleel M. Anderson, NYC Health + Hospitals, and the Friends of Rosedale Library to offer a free mobile COVID-19 vaccine site outside our Rosedale branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street) on Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27 from 8am to 6pm.

The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for New Yorkers age 12 and older, at no cost to you!

To find other vaccine sites in Queens and across NYC, call 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692) or visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

 

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Update: April 20, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Now Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: March 20, 2022, 10AM

Broad Channel Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Broad Channel Library (16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard) has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 11, 2022, 10AM

Broad Channel Library Closed Until Further Notice

Broad Channel Library (16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard) is closed until further notice due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 4, 2022, 10AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Now Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: March 30, 2022, 9PM

Bayside Closed Until April 4

Bayside Library (214-20 Northern Boulevard) is closed until Monday, April 4 due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 28, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Seaside Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Seaside branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Seaside Library (116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) on Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1st from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: March 28, 2022, 7AM

Woodhaven Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Woodhaven Library, located at located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 23, 2022, 11AM

Woodhaven Closed Until Further Notice

Woodhaven Library, located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 21, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Seaside Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Seaside branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Seaside Library (116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) on Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25 from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: March 14, 2022, 9AM

QPL's Mask Mandate Ends on Monday, March 14

After careful consideration, Queens Public Library has lifted our mask mandate for our staff and the public starting on Monday, March 14.

Masks will continue to be a welcome option for anyone who wants to wear them.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 14, 2022, 8AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Now Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: March 8, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available at 18 QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at select library locations during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

The 18 locations currently providing test kits are:

 

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Update: March 7, 2022, 10AM

Peninsula Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 4, 2022, 9:30AM

Peninsula Closed Until Further Notice

Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: February 18, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available at More QPL Locations starting February 22

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits will be available for pick up at select library locations during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

The following eight branches will have test kits available starting Tuesday, February 22:

The ten locations currently providing test kits are:

 

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Update: February 16, 2022, 9AM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at East Elmhurst

On Saturday, February 19, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our East Elmhurst branch.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, February 19, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
East Elmhurst Library
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

 

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Update: February 14, 2022, 10AM

Library Updates

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, North Hills Library (57-04 Marathon Parkway) has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

 

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Update: February 12, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available at Select Library Locations starting February 14

Starting Monday, February 14, free at-home COVID-19 test kits will be available for pick up at select library locations during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

Participating Library Locations:

 

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Update: February 10, 2022, 9AM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at East Elmhurst

On Saturday, February 12, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our East Elmhurst branch.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, February 12, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
East Elmhurst Library
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

 

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Update: February 8, 2022, 1PM

Library Updates

North Hills Library (57-04 Marathon Parkway) is closed until further notice due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Kew Gardens Hills Library (72-33 Vleigh Place) has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

 

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Update: February 7, 2022, 12PM

Library Updates

Kew Gardens Hills Library (72-33 Vleigh Place) is closed until further notice due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Poppenhusen (121-23 14 Avenue)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • Sunnyside (43-06 Greenpoint Avenue)

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

 

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Update: February 4, 2022, 12PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at East Elmhurst

On Saturday, February 5, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our East Elmhurst branch.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, February 5, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
East Elmhurst Library
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

 

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Update: February 4, 2022, 11AM

Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Poppenhusen (121-23 14 Avenue)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • Sunnyside (43-06 Greenpoint Avenue)

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: February 2, 2022, 3PM

Sunnyside Closed Until Further Notice

Sunnyside Library, located at 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: February 1, 2022, 1PM

Rego Park Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63 Drive, has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 28, 2022, 1PM

Rego Park Closed Until Further Notice

Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63 Drive, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 20, 2022, 7PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, January 22, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton and Peninsula branches.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, January 22, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, January 22, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: January 18, 2022, 1PM

Library Reopenings

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Laurelton (134-26 225 Street)
  • Long Island City (37-44 21 Street)
  • Poppenhusen (121-23 14 Avenue, College Point)

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 15, 2022, 9AM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, January 15, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton* and Peninsula branches.

* Library services will not be available at Laurelton, but the City’s free walk-in vaccination clinic at the branch will still be open.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, January 15, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, January 15, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: January 14, 2022, 6PM

Laurelton Closed Until Further Notice

Laurelton Library, located at 134-26 225 Street, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19.

On Saturday, January 15, Library services will not be available at Laurelton, but the City’s free walk-in vaccination clinic at the branch for children ages 5-11 will be open from 10am to 5pm (with a break from 1:30pm to 2:30 pm).

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 13, 2022, 8PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, January 15, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton and Peninsula branches.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, January 15, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, January 15, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: January 13, 2022, 5PM

Library Closings and Reopenings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Long Island City (37-44 21 Street)
  • Poppenhusen (121-23 14 Avenue, College Point)

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Broadway (40-20 Broadway, Astoria)
  • Douglaston/Little Neck (249-01 Northern Boulevard)
  • Glendale (78-60 73 Place)
  • Howard Beach (92-06 156 Avenue)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • South Ozone Park (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard)
  • Woodhaven (85-41 Forest Parkway)

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 11, 2022, 1PM

Library Closings and Reopenings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Broadway (40-20 Broadway, Astoria)
  • Douglaston/Little Neck (249-01 Northern Boulevard)
  • Glendale (78-60 73 Place)
  • Howard Beach (92-06 156 Avenue)
  • Long Island City (37-44 21 Street)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • South Ozone Park (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard)
  • Woodhaven (85-41 Forest Parkway)

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Auburndale Library (25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard) has reopened for regular service.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 10, 2022, 7PM

Library Closings and Reopenings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Auburndale (25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Flushing)
  • Broadway (40-20 Broadway, Astoria)
  • Glendale (78-60 73 Place)
  • Howard Beach (92-06 156 Avenue)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • South Ozone Park (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard)
  • Woodhaven (85-41 Forest Parkway)

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Arverne (312 Beach 54 Street)
  • Astoria (14-01 Astoria Boulevard)
  • Corona (38-23 104 Street)
  • East Elmhurst (95-06 Astoria Boulevard)
  • Pomonok (158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing)
  • Queensboro Hill (60-05 Main Street, Flushing)
  • Rosedale (144-20 243 Street)
  • St. Albans (191-05 Linden Boulevard)
  • South Hollis (204-01 Hollis Avenue)

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 7, 2022, 4PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, January 8, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton and Peninsula branches.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, January 8, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, January 8, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: January 7, 2022, 12PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Arverne (312 Beach 54 Street)
  • Astoria (14-01 Astoria Boulevard)
  • Corona (38-23 104 Street)
  • East Elmhurst (95-06 Astoria Boulevard)
  • Pomonok (158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing)
  • Queensboro Hill (60-05 Main Street, Flushing)
  • Rosedale (144-20 243 Street)
  • St. Albans (191-05 Linden Boulevard)
  • South Hollis (204-01 Hollis Avenue)

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 4, 2022, 2PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

Arverne Library (312 Beach 54 Street) is closed until further notice due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

Following their recent closure, Corona Library (38-23 104 Street), Hillcrest Library (187-05 Union Turnpike), Richmond Hill Library (118-14 Hillside Avenue), and Whitestone Library (151-10 14 Road) have reopened for regular service.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 3, 2022, 12PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Corona (38-23 104 Street)
  • Hillcrest (187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing)
  • Richmond Hill (118-14 Hillside Avenue)
  • Whitestone (151-10 14 Road)

Bellerose (250-06 Hillside Avenuue), Hunters Point, (47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City), and Queensboro Hill (60-05 Main Street, Flushing) have reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 2, 2022, 9PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Bellerose (250-06 Hillside Avenue)
  • Corona (38-23 104 Street)
  • Hunters Point (47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City)
  • Queensboro Hill (60-05 Main Street, Flushing)
  • Richmond Hill (118-14 Hillside Avenue)
  • Whitestone (151-10 14 Road)

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 30, 2021, 2PM

Elmhurst Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Elmhurst Library, located at 86-07 Broadway, has reopened for regular service.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 29, 2021, 1PM

South Jamaica Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, has reopened for regular service.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 28, 2021, 3PM

Library Reopenings

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike
  • Hunters Point Library, 47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City
  • Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81 Street
  • McGoldrick Library, 155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
  • Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach

Bellerose Library (250-06 Hillside Avenue), Elmhurst Library (86-07 Broadway), and South Jamaica Library (108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica) are still closed.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 27, 2021, 2:30PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Bellerose Library, 250-06 Hillside Avenue
  • Elmhurst Library, 86-07 Broadway
  • Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike
  • Hunters Point Library, 47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City
  • Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81 Street
  • McGoldrick Library, 155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
  • Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
  • South Jamaica Library, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please continue to visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for updates.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 27, 2021, 11AM

Whitestone Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Whitestone Library, located at 151-10 14 Road, has reopened for regular service.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 26, 2021, 3PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike
  • Hunters Point Library, 47-40 Center Blvd., Long Island City
  • Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81 Street
  • McGoldrick Library, 155-06 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing
  • Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
  • South Jamaica Library, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica
  • Whitestone Library, 151-10 14 Road

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 23, 2021, 2PM

Langston Hughes Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Langston Hughes Library, located at 100-01 Northern Boulevard in Corona, has reopened for regular service.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 23, 2021, 1PM

Peninsula Closed Until Further Notice

Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 22, 2021, 7PM

Whitestone Closed Until Further Notice

Whitestone Library, located at 151-10 14 Road, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 20, 2021, 10AM

South Jamaica and South Ozone Park Have Reopened

We’re pleased to report that South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, and South Ozone Park Library, located at 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard, have reopened for regular service.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 19, 2021, 9:30PM

Central Library Will Reopen on December 20

We’re pleased to report that Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, will reopen for regular service on Monday, December 20.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 19, 2021, 8:30PM

Langston Hughes Closed Until Further Notice

Langston Hughes Library, located at 100-01 Northern Boulevard in Corona, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 19, 2021, 11AM

Central Library Closed Until Further Notice

Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, is closed until further notice due to staff testing positive for COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 17, 2021, 12PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, December 18, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton and Peninsula branches.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, December 18, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, December 18, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: December 17, 2021, 10AM

South Jamaica Closed Until Further Notice

South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 16, 2021, 2PM

South Ozone Park Closed Until Further Notice

South Ozone Park Library, located at 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 15, 2021, 12:00PM

Laurelton Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Laurelton Library, located at 134-26 225 Street, has reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 14, 2021, 9:30AM

Laurelton Closed Until Further Notice

Laurelton Library, located at 134-26 225 Street, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 5, 2021, 4:00PM

Woodhaven Will Reopen on December 6

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Woodhaven Library, located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, will reopen for regular service on Monday, December 6.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 2, 2021, 6:00PM

Woodhaven Closed Until Further Notice

Woodhaven Library, located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 9, 2021, 1:00PM

Poppenhusen Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Poppenhusen Library, located at 121-23 14 Avenue in College Point, has reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 7, 2021, 9:00PM

Poppenhusen Closed Until Further Notice

Poppenhusen Library, located at 121-23 14 Avenue in College Point, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 26, 2021, 8:00PM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic.

The Pfizer vaccine (12+) and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (18+) will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Visit the NYC Mobile Van outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street) on Thursday, October 28 from 12pm to 8pm.

 

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Update: October 18, 2021, 8:00PM

Pomonok Library Reopening on Monday, October 25

We are pleased to inform you that Pomonok Library, located at 158-21 Jewel Avenue in Flushing, will reopen on Monday, October 25 for five-day service.

We look forward to welcoming you back for browsing, seating, and computer use. Please remember that face masks are required for all.

The library’s hours will be:
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 1-6pm
Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm

To see the complete list of open libraries, visit our reopening website.

We hope to see you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 15, 2021, 7:00PM

Queens Village Library Reopening on Monday, October 18

We are pleased to inform you that Queens Village Library, located at 94-11 217 Street, will reopen on Monday, October 18 for five-day service.

We look forward to welcoming you back for browsing, seating, and computer use. Please remember that face masks are required for all.

The library’s hours will be:
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 1-6pm
Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm

To see the complete list of open libraries, visit our reopening website.

Join us for Celebration Week starting October 18 as we mark the end of late fines! Come check out a book, get some giveaways, and learn about all of our available services. For more information on the elimination of late fines, visit queenslibrary.org/goodbye-late-fines.

We hope to see you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: September 10, 2021, 6:00PM

South Jamaica Library Reopening on Wednesday, September 15

We are pleased to inform you that South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, will reopen on Wednesday, September 15 for five-day service.

We look forward to welcoming you back for browsing, seating, and computer use. Please remember that face masks are required for all.

The library’s hours will be:
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 1-6pm
Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm

To see the complete list of open libraries, visit our reopening website.

We hope to see you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: September 1, 2021, 10:00AM

South Ozone Park Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, South Ozone Park Library, located at 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard, has reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 29, 2021, 2:00PM

South Ozone Park Closed Until Further Notice

South Ozone Park Library, located at 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 27, 2021, 12:00PM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Monday, August 30 – Friday, September 3, 8am-6pm
Outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street)

 

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Update: August 18, 2021, 9:00PM

South Hollis Library Reopening on Monday, August 23

We are pleased to announce that South Hollis Library, located at 204-01 Hollis Avenue, will reopen on Monday, August 23 for five-day service.

The library’s hours will be:
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 1-6pm
Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm

Enjoy unlimited browsing and open seating at our libraries, without time limits.

To see the complete list of open libraries, visit our reopening website.

Please remember to wear a mask when visiting our locations.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 17, 2021, 10:00AM

Peninsula Library Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following its closure, Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach, has reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 11, 2021, 10:00PM

Peninsula Closed Until Further Notice

Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 11, 2021, 10:00AM

Hollis and Rochdale Village Have Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Hollis Library (202-05 Hillside Avenue) and Rochdale Village Library (169-09 137 Avenue in Jamaica) have reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 8, 2021, 8:00PM

Hollis Closed Until Further Notice

Hollis Library, located at 202-05 Hillside Avenue, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 8, 2021, 5:00PM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside several of our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Monday, August 9 – Saturday, August 14, 8am-6pm
Outside Lefrak City Library (98-30 57 Avenue in Corona)

 

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Update: August 6, 2021, 12:00PM

Rochdale Village Closed August 6 and 7

Rochdale Village Library, located at 169-09 137 Avenue in Jamaica, will be closed on Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7 due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: July 30, 2021, 9:00AM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside several of our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Monday, July 26 – Saturday, July 31, 8am-6pm
Outside Corona Library (38-23 104 Street), Ridgewood Library (20-12 Madison Street), and South Hollis Library (204-01 Hollis Avenue)

Monday, August 2 – Saturday, August 7, 8am-6pm
Outside Briarwood Library (85-12 Main Street) and Far Rockaway Library (1003 Beach 20th Street)

Monday, August 9 – Saturday, August 14, 8am-6pm
Outside Lefrak City Library (98-30 57 Avenue in Corona)

 

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Update: July 20, 2021, 11:00AM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside several of our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Tuesday, July 6 – Saturday, July 10, 8am-6pm *
Outside South Ozone Park Library (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard)
* Due to Tropical Storm Elsa, the vaccination van outside South Ozone Park Library will be closed on Thursday, July 8 and Friday, July 9. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, July 12 – Saturday July 17, 8am-6pm
Outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street)

Monday, July 19 – Saturday, July 24, 8am-6pm *
Outside Arverne Library (312 Beach 54 Street), Kew Gardens Hills Library (72-33 Vleigh Place in Flushing), and St. Albans Library (191-05 Linden Boulevard)
* The vaccination van outside Kew Gardens Hills Library will be closed on Friday, July 23. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, July 26 – Saturday, July 31, 8am-6pm
Outside Corona Library (38-23 104 Street), Ridgewood Library (20-12 Madison Street), and South Hollis Library (204-01 Hollis Avenue)

 

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Update: July 1, 2021, 6:00PM

Updated Mask Protocols

The Library had planned to make masks optional for fully vaccinated individuals starting July 6. However, in response to the rapidly evolving public health landscape and after reviewing new health and safety protocols adopted by the City, we will continue to require masks for all individuals in our locations for now. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: June 24, 2021, 12:00PM

Updated Protocols and Services Starting July 6; Most Library Locations Will Be Open July 12

As we continue to respond to the evolving situation in our communities, we are happy to announce service updates and changes to our policies and protocols. Given improved public health conditions in the city and in accordance with new State and CDC guidelines, we look forward to reintroducing a more familiar library experience next month.

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, we invite you to enjoy unlimited browsing and open seating at our libraries, without time limits or distancing requirements. Computers will be available for one-hour reservations, as they were before the pandemic. Note that masks will be optional for staff and customers who are fully vaccinated and required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

In addition to these changes, we are excited that we will be reopening nearly all remaining library locations on Monday, July 12, and expanding hours. Several branches—Flushing, Glendale, Ozone Park, Pomonok, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Steinway, and Woodhaven—will be unavailable to open on this date due to construction, needed repairs, or their temporary use for other purposes, for example, serving as vaccination sites for the City.

Our Central Library and Middle Village locations, currently open for to-go service, will start offering the expanded services—unlimited browsing, open seating, computer use, and general library use—on Monday, July 12. Mask and distancing protocol changes will take effect at Central and Middle Village on Tuesday, July 6.

We are working on plans to begin gradually restoring some indoor public programs and classes this summer. Our virtual programs and resources are still here for you.

We know how much you rely on the library for inspiration, discovery, connection, and growth, and we are eager to see you soon as we open more of our doors and allow you greater use of our spaces and services.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: June 9, 2021, 1:00PM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside Cambria Heights Library, Central Library, Rochdale Village Library, and South Ozone Park Library.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Outside Cambria Heights Library (218-13 Linden Boulevard) and Central Library (89-11 Merrick Boulevard):
Wednesday, June 9 – Saturday, June 12, 8am-6pm

Outside Rochdale Village Library (169-09 137 Avenue) and South Ozone Park Library (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard):
Monday, June 14 – Saturday June 19, 8am-6pm

 

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Update: May 27, 2021, 3:00PM

Browsing, Computers, and In-Person Reference at 11 More Locations Starting Monday, June 7

QPL is pleased to announce that 11 more libraries will move from to-go service to Stage 2 of our Reopening Plan.

Starting June 7, the following additional locations will offer browsing, computer usage, and in-person reference:

We anticipate reopening all available QPL locations for at least limited service by mid-July. Some locations—those undergoing construction or repair work or being used as vaccination sites, for example—will not be available for reopening at that time. We will provide additional details soon.

Please note that currently:

  • Customers should limit visits to 30 minutes or less.
  • A limited number of customers will be permitted in the library at a time.
  • No seating will be available except at public computers.

During your visit, you may browse materials, place requests for materials, pick up requested materials, receive reference services, use the computer and printers, pick up remote printing jobs, and use the restroom.

For everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library, and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

For more information, frequently asked questions, or to see a full list of Stage 2 libraries, visit our reopening website.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: May 13, 2021, 7:30PM

Browsing, Public Computers, and In-Person Reference at 12 More Locations Starting Monday, May 24

QPL is excited to announce that after careful planning and consideration, 12 more libraries will move from to-go service to Stage 2 of our Reopening Plan.

Starting May 24, the following additional locations will offer browsing, public computer usage, and in-person reference:

We will keep you updated about additional locations that will gradually begin to offer these services as well.

As we start this new phase of service and are able to offer more services to you safely, please note:

  • Customers should limit visits to 30 minutes or less.
  • A limited number of customers will be permitted in the library at a time.
  • No seating will be available except for public computers.

During your visit, you may browse materials, place requests for materials, pick up requested materials, receive reference services, use the computer and printers, pick up remote printing jobs, and use the restroom.

For everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library, and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

For more information about the other QPL branches offering Stage 2 Service, and other frequently asked questions, visit our reopening website.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 29, 2021, 10:30AM

Browsing, Computers, and In-Person Reference at 14 Locations Starting Monday, May 10

QPL is excited to announce that after careful planning and consideration, 14 libraries will move from to-go service to Stage 2 of our Reopening Plan.

Starting May 10, the following locations will offer browsing, computer usage, and in-person reference:

We will keep you updated about additional locations that will gradually begin to offer these services as well.

As we start this new phase of service and are able to offer more services to you safely, please note:

  • Customers should limit visits to 30 minutes or less.
  • A limited number of customers will be permitted in the library at a time.
  • No seating will be available except for public computers.

During your visit, you may browse materials, place requests for materials, pick up requested materials, receive reference services, use the computer and printers, pick up remote printing jobs, and use the restroom.

For everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library, and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit our reopening website.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 17, 2021, 10:00AM

Whitestone Library Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following its closure, Whitestone Library, located at 151-10 14 Road, has reopened for to-go service. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 15, 2021, 4:00PM

Five More Locations Will Open for To-Go Service Starting Wednesday, April 21

Five more QPL locations will offer to-go service beginning Wednesday, April 21! To-go service allows you to request materials in advance either online, using our app or by phone and to pick them up at one of these locations.

You can make requests now in advance of our reopening! Visit queenslibrary.org, use our mobile app or call Telephone Reference at 718-990-0728. Remote printing requests are also available at to-go service locations and will be available at these five locations soon.

You can also return materials to locations offering to-go service.

The following branches will open for to-go service three days a week starting Wednesday, April 21.

These new locations will be open for service Wednesday through Friday during the following hours:

  • 10am-5pm, Wednesday and Friday, with a one-hour closure for cleaning from 1-2pm
  • 12-7pm Thursday, with a one-hour closure for cleaning from 3-4pm

Currently, the following branches are open and offering to-go service Monday through Saturday:

Remember that, for everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

For more information about to-go service, watch our video on our reopening page.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 15, 2021, 12:00PM

Astoria Library Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following its closure, Astoria Library, located at 14-01 Astoria Boulevard, has reopened for to-go service. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 14, 2021, 2:00PM

Whitestone Library Closed Until Further Notice

Whitestone Library, located at 151-10 14 Road and currently providing to-go service, will be closed until further notice due to a case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 10, 2021, 11:00AM

Astoria Library Closed Until Further Notice

Astoria Library, located at 14-01 Astoria Boulevard and currently providing to-go service, will be closed until further notice due to a possible case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 8, 2021, 9:30PM

COVID-19 Vaccination Site Updates at Flushing and Ozone Park

As you may remember, the City has been working with us to convert some of our locations into COVID-19 vaccination sites. Ozone Park will open on Friday, April 9 and Flushing is already open. Ozone Park will be initially operating Friday to Monday from 9am to 5pm and will later expand to six days a week. Flushing is open six days a week from 12pm to 7:30pm and closed on Tuesdays.

To learn how to schedule a vaccination appointment, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

As previously indicated, books and other materials as well as printing requests that were on hold at Ozone Park can now be picked up at South Ozone Park.

For a list of all our to-go service locations, visit here.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 24, 2021, 7:30PM

Ozone Park Library to Serve as NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Site

New York City will be opening a new COVID-19 vaccination site at Ozone Park Library, located at 92-24 Rockaway Boulevard.

Library service will be unavailable at this location while the Library serves the City in this new role.

Ozone Park Library’s last day of public service will be Saturday, March 27, from 10AM to 5PM. You can pick up any library materials or remote printing requests currently on hold at Ozone Park through that time.

If you are unable to pick up your requested materials at Ozone Park, they will be available at South Ozone Park Library (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard) starting Friday, April 2.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We made the decision to temporarily suspend library service at Ozone Park so that it could open as a vaccination site only after careful consideration of a number of factors, including the high need in the community and our ability to offer resources at nearby branches. As we work towards our city’s recovery, we recognize that the sooner more people are vaccinated, the sooner our libraries can fully reopen and the better for the public we serve and for our city as a whole.

To learn how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in New York City, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page or call 877-VAX-4NYC.

We will share more details as they become available.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 9, 2021, 4:00PM

Flushing Library to Serve as NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Site

New York City will be opening a new COVID-19 vaccination site at Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street.

Library service will be unavailable at this location while the Library serves the City in this new role.

Flushing Library’s last day of public service will be Thursday, March 11, from 12PM to 7PM. You can pick up any library materials or remote printing requests currently on hold at Flushing through that time.

If you are unable to pick up your requested materials at Flushing, they will be available at Queensboro Hill Library (60-05 Main Street in Flushing) starting Monday, March 15.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We made the decision to temporarily suspend library service at Flushing so that it could open as a vaccination site only after careful consideration of a number of factors, including the high need in the community and our ability to offer resources at nearby branches. As we work towards our city’s recovery, we recognize that the sooner more people are vaccinated, the sooner our libraries can fully reopen and the better for the public we serve and for our city as a whole.

The Flushing Library vaccination site will be open six days a week, from 12PM to 8PM, by appointment for eligible Queens residents. Additional days and appointments will become available as supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine increase citywide. Scheduling of vaccine appointments at Flushing Library for eligible New Yorkers should begin later this week.

To learn how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in New York City, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page or call 877-VAX-4NYC.

We will share more details as they become available.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 30, 2021, 10:00AM

East Flushing and Rochdale Village Have Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, East Flushing Library, located at 196-36 Northern Boulevard, and Rochdale Village Library, located at 169-09 137 Avenue in Jamaica, have reopened for to-go service. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 27, 2021, 6:00PM

East Flushing Closed Until Further Notice

East Flushing Library, located at 196-36 Northern Boulevard and currently providing to-go service, will be temporarily closed for to-go service and returns on Thursday, January 28 until further notice due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 25, 2021, 1:00PM

Rochdale Village Closed Until Further Notice

Rochdale Village Library, located at 169-09 137 Avenue in Jamaica and currently providing to-go service, will be temporarily closed for to-go service and returns on Monday, January 25 until further notice due to a possible case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 21, 2021, 2:00PM

Flushing and Ridgewood Will Reopen Friday, January 22

We’re pleased to report that following their closure this past Tuesday, Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, and Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, will reopen for to-go service on Friday, January 22. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 19, 2021, 3:45PM

Flushing and Ridgewood Closed Until Further Notice

Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, and Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, will both be temporarily closed for to-go service and returns on Tuesday, January 19 until further notice due to a possible case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 6, 2021, 7:00PM

Central Library Will Reopen Thursday, January 7

We’re pleased to report that following its closure on Tuesday and Wednesday, Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, will reopen for to-go service on Thursday, January 7. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 5, 2021, 2:30PM

Central Library Closed January 5 and 6

Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, will be closed for to-go service on Tuesday, January 5 and Wednesday, January 6 due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Telephone reference will not be available. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/contact-us/ask-a-librarian/chat for live chat reference, or call 718-990-8508 for automated assistance with your account.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 27, 2020, 9:00PM

Ridgewood Library to Reopen Monday, December 28

We’re pleased to report that following its closure last week due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member, Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, will reopen for to-go service on Monday, December 28. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 20, 2020, 6:30PM

Ridgewood Library Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice

Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, is temporarily closed for to-go service until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 19, 2020, 11:00AM

Long Island City Library Closed December 19 and 21

Long Island City Library, located at 37-44 21 Street, will be closed for to-go service on Saturday, December 19 and Monday, December 21 due to a possible case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 13, 2020, 6:45PM

Flushing Library Closed Monday, December 14

Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, will be temporarily closed for to-go service and returns from Monday, December 14 until Friday, December 18 due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 17, 2020, 7:00PM

Twelve More Locations Will Open for To-Go Service Starting Monday, November 30

Twelve more QPL locations will offer to-go service beginning Monday, November 30! To-go service allows you to request materials in advance either online, using our app, or by phone at 718-990-0728, and to pick them up at one of these locations.

You can make requests starting Tuesday, November 24 in advance of their reopening!

The following branches will open for to-go service on Monday, November 30. (These locations will not be taking returns until they open for to-go service.)

Currently, the following branches are open and offering to-go service:

Remember that, for everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people. Bathrooms, browsing, and public computers are not available during to-go service.

For more information about to-go service, visit our reopening webpage.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 16, 2020, 4:00PM

Computer Appointments on Pause

To keep you safe as concerns about the coronavirus rise, we are pausing our recently announced plan to offer computer appointments.

For the time being, the only service available at open libraries will continue to be to-go service, which allows you to request materials in advance either online, using our app, or by phone and to pick them up at one of 23 QPL locations.

We appreciate your understanding and patience, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 10, 2020, 7:00PM

Public Computer Appointments Coming Soon to Select Locations

Queens Public Library will be expanding our available services by offering public computer appointments at select to-go locations, starting Monday, November 23. We will start taking reservations on Monday, November 16.

To make an appointment, you will be able to reserve a slot online or call the branch where you’d like to use a computer. You will also be able to print from public computers. More information, including how to make appointments online, will be available soon on the QPL website and via email.

Our Locations Offering Computer Appointments Starting November 23:

Visit our reopening website for a list of all our locations open for to-go service and returns.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 4, 2020, 8:30PM

Central and Flushing Libraries Will Open for To-Go Service Starting Monday, November 16

We are pleased to announce that Central Library and Flushing Library will offer to-go service beginning Monday, November 16. To-go service allows you to request materials in advance either online, using our app, or by phone at 718-990-0728, and to pick them up at one of these locations. You can make requests starting Tuesday, November 10 in advance of Central and Flushing's reopening!

You can also return materials to locations offering to-go service. For a full list of these locations, and for more information about to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Remember that, for everyone’s health and safety, facemasks are required when entering and inside the library and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 23, 2020, 8:30PM

Forest Hills and Rego Park Will Reopen Monday, October 26

We are pleased to share that Forest Hills Library, located at 108-19 71 Avenue, and Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63 Drive, will reopen to the public for to-go service on Monday, October 26.

With to-go service, you can reserve materials and pick them up at a library branch. Call 718-990-0728, visit our website, or use our mobile app to request materials. We are now taking requests for these locations.

For more information, visit our reopening website.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 14, 2020, 5:00PM

Ozone Park Library Opening for To-Go Service October 19

We are excited to announce that Ozone Park Library, located at 92-24 Rockaway Boulevard, will be opening on Monday, October 19 for to-go service and returns. Customers can start selecting Ozone Park now as a pickup location for their future requests.

To-go service allows you to request materials in advance through our app, website, or by phone at 718-990-0728 and pick them up at the designated library.

Visit our reopening website for more information and to see a list of all QPL branches open for to-go service and returns.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 7, 2020, 5:00PM

Forest Hills and Rego Park Branches Closed Until Further Notice

Forest Hills Library, located at 108-19 71 Avenue, will be closed until further notice for to-go service and returns in response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63 Drive, will be closed until further notice for to-go service in response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19. You can still return library materials at this branch.

Please visit our website or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 4, 2020, 10:00PM

Kew Gardens Hills Library Closed Until Further Notice

Kew Gardens Hills Library, located at 72-33 Vleigh Place, will be closed until further notice for to-go service and returns in response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Please visit our website or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: September 21, 2020, 5:00PM

More QPL Branches Opening for To-Go Service September 28; No Fines or Fees Until January 2021

We are excited to announce that seven more branches will be opening on Monday, September 28 for to-go service. In total, 22 QPL branches will be open when these seven reopen.

The seven branches are:

On Tuesday, September 22, customers can start selecting these branches as pickup locations for their future requests, but they will not be open for to-go service until September 28.

Starting Monday, September 21, you can return your library materials to Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, and Sunnyside, but they will not be open for to-go service until September 28.

The branches that are currently open for to-go service are:

To-go service allows you to request materials in advance through our app, website, or by phone at 718-990-0728 and pick them up at the designated library.

We are also happy to announce that there will be no fines and fees on any library materials checked out this year until January 4, 2021 at the earliest. Additionally, all blocks on library cards with fines and fees of $15 have been lifted until further notice.

For more information, visit our reopening website, where you can watch videos about how to-go service works and how we are keeping our customers safe, read about our reopening plan, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 3, 2020, 12:00PM

To help keep our customers informed, we’ve compiled this list of print and electronic books in English, Chinese, and Spanish about the history of pandemics and the current COVID-19 crisis. We also have a list of health websites and research articles for you to explore.

And remember: 15 QPL branches are now open for to-go service!

 

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Update: July 27, 2020, 2:00PM

More QPL Branches Opening for To-Go Service August 10

We are excited to announce that eight more branches will be opening on Monday, August 10 for to-go service. In total, fifteen QPL branches will be open when these eight reopen.

The eight branches are:

UPDATE 8/27: We’re pleased to report that, after necessary maintenance, Whitestone Library is now open for to-go service!

The branches that are already open for to-go service as of July 13 are:

To-go service allows you to request materials in advance through our app, website, or by phone at 718-990-0728 and pick them up at the designated library. For libraries opening for to-go service on August 10, you may begin to request materials on August 4. You may also return materials to locations offering to-go service.

For more information, visit our reopening website, where you can watch a video about how to-go service works, read about our reopening plan, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: June 25, 2020, 10:00AM

QPL’s “To-Go” Service Starts July 13 at 7 Branches

Dear Queens Public Library Customer,

I am very pleased to announce that Queens Public Library will reopen seven branches across the borough with “to-go” service and returns six days a week, starting on Monday, July 13. Nine additional locations will accept returns around the clock, seven days a week.

These initial steps to gradually reopen our physical locations while protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public are part of the Library’s reopening plan, QPL’s Path Forward in the Era of COVID-19.

The following seven branches will provide to-go service for customer pickup of materials in a designated area of each building and will accept returns at their exterior return machines. Materials can be requested online, through the QPL app, or by phone, starting July 6.

The hours at each of these locations will be: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (with a one-hour closure from 1 to 2 p.m. for cleaning); 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday; and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday (with a one-hour closure from 3 to 4 p.m. for cleaning).

In addition to their geographic location, the seven sites were selected for their size, layout, and condition as we assess whether and how the new service model and operating procedures, including physical distancing and other safety measures, would work in other libraries.

The following group of nine locations will accept returns at external return machines or book drops but remain closed to the public. They will be open to staff for fulfilling materials requests and supporting our other functions.

In addition, our Mail-a-Book home delivery service will resume.

Each of the buildings that will be in use during this stage will undergo extensive cleaning, and spaces will be configured for physical distancing. In accordance with expert recommendations, all returned materials will be set aside, or “quarantined,” for 96 hours before they are put back into circulation.

All staff and visitors will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available at all open branches. At this time, there will be no on-site public programs, browsing, meeting room availability, seating, public computers, or in-person reference service, and book donations will not be accepted.

Customers can check out materials without accruing fines until October 1, 2020 at the earliest, and fine-based library card blocks will be temporarily lifted. Applications for library cards will be accepted online only, and cards can be picked up at one of the locations offering to-go service.

Depending on the experiences of the initial locations and as circumstances allow, we will gradually and carefully open more branches and provide additional services. In the meantime, we remain committed to offering virtual programs, eBooks, and other online resources, which we know have been vital for many of you.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate our new realities together. The Library’s incredible staff are working hard to prepare for this next step, and we look forward to welcoming you back safely.

Best wishes,
Dennis M. Walcott
President and CEO, Queens Public Library

P.S. You can also visit our Reopening website to watch our instructional video about to-go service, get answers to frequently asked questions, and find out how we’re protecting everyone’s health and safety.

 

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Update: June 4, 2020, 11:00AM

A Plan to Reopen Our Physical Locations

Dear Customers,

In the past three months, New York City has endured unprecedented heartache, economic hardship, and turmoil as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic and the manifestations of racial injustice across the country and here at home. It is at times like these when we especially miss being able to offer a welcoming physical place where people can gather, connect and celebrate the richness of our diversity, and where we can look them in the eye and ask what we can do to help.

It seems that the world now demands even more of us than the one we left behind when we temporarily shut the doors of our 66 locations on March 16. Since then, we have strengthened our resolve to meet our mission, delivering critical services and resources remotely and offering everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, the chance to realize the promise of their lives.

At the same time, we have been thoughtfully and carefully formulating a plan for our locations’ eventual reopening, keeping at the forefront of our minds the health and safety of the public and our staff.  While we are still working through many of the details, I would like to share with you how and when in-person service is expected to resume.

We, along with the Brooklyn and New York public library systems, aim to start reopening our physical locations in mid-July, barring unforeseen circumstances. Our plan will be continuously refined as we open each branch, and informed by city, state and federal guidance, executive orders, and laws, information and recommendations from public health authorities and the experiences of other organizations around the world.

The Library will reopen its locations for public service in stages, starting with six to eight branches where customers can make returns and pick up requested materials in a designated area of each building.

Prior to their reopening, the buildings will undergo extensive cleaning, and our staff will configure spaces for social distancing. In accordance with the latest guidance, all returned materials will be set aside, or “quarantined,” for a period of time based on national standards before they are put back into circulation.

All visitors will be required to wear masks, and we will provide masks to people who do not have them. All Queens Public Library staff also will be required to wear masks, and hand sanitizer will be available at all open branches. At this time, there will be no public programs, browsing, meeting room availability, chairs and tables for public use, public computers, or in-person reference service. Book donations will not be accepted.

We will continue to increase our collection of ebooks and other digital resources, and to offer virtual programs, services, activities, and events on our social media channels and other platforms. As we learn from the initial branch reopenings, we will gradually open other locations and expand services. Again, I want to reinforce that the health and safety of our customers and our staff are our top priorities, and we are undertaking this process slowly and with the utmost caution.

We realize that there are many questions and issues that still need to be addressed, and we will share more details and updates with you as soon as we have them. Until then, we look forward to seeing you again as we face—and rebuild—this new world together.

Take good care, and thank you for being part of the Queens Public Library community.

Best wishes,
Dennis M. Walcott
President and CEO, Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 15, 2020, 5:00PM

To the Queens Public Library Community,

Starting Monday, March 16 and until further notice, Queens Public Library will be closed to the public in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our staff and the public we serve.

To ensure you can continue to learn and grow with the library, we are expanding our collections of digital materials, which are always available, including thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, songs, movies, and videos.

We ask that you keep the items you have checked out until we reopen or announce other options. Note that all due dates will be automatically extended and late fees will be suspended during the closure.

Please keep checking the QPL website and social media channels for new content as well as for updates about our plans to reopen.

We know how much our communities depend on our libraries and thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

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

 

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March 12, 2020

Queens Public Library is suspending all programs, events, classes, community room requests, and workshops from Friday, March 13 through at least the end of the month.

We, along with the Brooklyn and New York public libraries, are taking this step to limit the number of public gatherings throughout our respective systems in an effort to help the City slow the spread of the coronavirus.

QPL continues to carefully monitor the rapidly evolving information and guidance about COVID-19 from the New York City Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you, your families, and our staff stay informed and healthy, and to respond to the situation as needed.

To limit the spread of the coronavirus, we have

  • Significantly increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting surfaces like door handles and knobs, tabletops, counters, check-out and check-in machines, elevator buttons, and computer equipment at all of our locations.
  • Stepped up the number of times we service our public restrooms each day.
  • Removed all toys from the children’s areas in our libraries.
  • Encouraged our customers, staff, and the public to wash their hands properly, get the flu vaccine, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching their faces, stay at home if they feel sick, and contact their medical provider if they have traveled to certain countries.

We also are purchasing substantially more eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming films. If you would prefer not to visit our locations in person at this challenging time, you can reach one of our librarians over the phone or online through our Ask-a-Librarian service.

If you do visit, we ask that you consider practicing “social distancing” and limiting contact with others by:

  • avoiding handshakes
  • using our check-out machines
  • giving yourself ample space in our computer and seating areas
  • sharing your library card number verbally instead of providing your physical card.

There is a great deal of false information on social media and certain online news sites about how COVID-19 is transmitted and who has been affected. Below are reliable sources of the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus and how to stay safe during this difficult time.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The federal agency, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides updates about the government’s response, answers to frequently asked questions, and resources and guidance for employers, schools, households, and travelers.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The mayoral agency is monitoring the City’s response to the outbreak and updating the public about symptoms, prevention, and the number of cases in the five boroughs.

New York State Department of Health
The state agency is monitoring the spread of the disease across the state of New York and its response to the outbreak.

World Health Organization
The United Nations agency monitors public health around the world and educates people how to achieve good health.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as the situation with COVID-19 unfolds. Please visit this page for updates. We are more committed now than ever to serving our communities and the people of Queens and beyond, no matter who you are or where you are from.