Get Out the Vote!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 is Primary Election Day, and several of our branches will serve as polling sites.

Queens residents will cast their votes at the Briarwood, Central, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Lefferts, North Forest Park, Peninsula, Richmond Hill, Seaside, and St. Albans branches, from 6AM to 9PM.

Is your library where you should vote? Please visit https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc or call 866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3692) to confirm the correct location for you to vote in your neighborhood!

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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.

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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.

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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.

QPL Gala

(Left to right) QPL President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, Jelani Cobb, Gary Shteyngart, and R.J. Palacio

Queens Public Library Honors Jelani Cobb, Min Jin Lee, R.J. Palacio and Gary Shteyngart at Its Annual Fundraising Gala, Wednesday, June 8, 2022

 

Benefit Was Held in Person for the First Time Since 2018

 

QUEENS, N.Y. _ Queens Public Library celebrated four renowned Queens-raised writers – the journalist and historian Jelani Cobb and the novelists Min Jin Lee, R.J. Palacio and Gary Shteyngart – at its annual gala on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at The Foundry in Long Island City. 

“The four distinguished authors we are honoring embody the dreams and the drive of the people of Queens,” said Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “Their experiences growing up in our diverse borough and using Queens Public Library mirror those of so many people who come through our doors each year, and they exemplify our mission to transform lives and build strong communities. It is as thrilling to us as it is inspiring that they may have discovered their love of new ideas, reading and words at our branches.”

Jelani Cobb grew up in Hollis, R.J. Palacio spent her childhood in Flushing, Min Jin Lee moved from South Korea to Elmhurst and Gary Shteyngart from the Soviet Union to Kew Gardens Hills, both when they were 7 years old. They all frequented their local library branches, developing their passion for reading and writing. 

During the gala, each honoree received a Queens Public Library Award, established this year to recognize individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the arts and letters.

“As a kid who grew up doing homework in the Queens Public Libraries, I’m deeply humbled and honored by this recognition. Our libraries are our most invaluable resource,” Jelani Cobb said. 

“I’m humbled to be included with this distinguished group of honorees,” said Min Jin Lee, who unfortunately was not able to attend the gala after testing positive for COVID-19. “That said, I am very proud to be a product of the Queens Public Library System.” 

As New York reemerges from the pandemic, Queens Public Library continues to serve the public not only through books, arts and culture, job and career support, and educational programs, but it is also integral to the overall health of our borough by providing cooling centers in the summer, COVID-19 testing sites, vaccination sites and distributing at-home COVID-19 tests. 

For 126 years, Queens Public Library has been dedicated to building resilience and unity in Queens, knowing that the borough’s communities are counting on library services now and for the years to come. 

The 2022 Gala will be recorded and available for viewing virtually on the QPL website on July 11, 2022.

Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the Library’s free public services, including materials, programs, classes, computers, tech equipment and more, at 66 locations across Queens. 

For more information about the event, go here

QPL Gala

Min Jin Lee was not able to attend the gala after testing positive for COVID-19.

This year’s honorees:

JELANI COBB

Jelani Cobb is the incoming dean of Columbia Journalism School. He is currently the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism and Director of the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights. Cobb is also a staff writer at The New Yorker and, in 2018, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has written or edited six books, including “The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from the New Yorker.” His 2020 film, “Whose Vote Counts?,” received the Peabody Award for News Documentary. 

MIN JIN LEE

Min Jin Lee is the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award and a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her writing has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, One Story, The New York Times Book Review, and The Wall Street Journal. She is the recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2019, she was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame. She is a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College and serves as a trustee of PEN America and a director of the Authors Guild. She is at work on her third novel, American Hagwon and a nonfiction work, Name Recognition.

 

R. J. PALACIO

R. J. Palacio is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. The book's message inspired the Choose Kind movement and has been embraced by readers around the world, with the book published in over 50 languages. Wonder was made into a blockbuster movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. Palacio’s other New York Times bestselling books include Pony, 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, the picture book We’re All Wonders, and the graphic novel White Bird, which is currently being filmed as a major motion picture starring Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren. Palacio lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

 

GARY SHTEYNGART

Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Little Failure (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and the novels Super Sad True Love Story (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Lake Success, Absurdistan, and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction). His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in thirty countries. His latest novel, OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS, was an instant New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Kirkus Review, and others. New York Times critic Molly Young called it “the perfect novel for these times and all times, the single textual artifact from the pandemic era I would place in a time capsule as a representation of all that is good and true and beautiful about literature. I hope the extraterrestrials who exhume it will agree.”

 

ABOUT QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY:

Queens Public Library is one of the largest and busiest public library systems in the United States, dedicated to serving the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in the country. An independent, non-profit organization founded 126 years ago, QPL offers free access to a collection of more than 5 million books and other materials in multiple languages, technology and digital resources, and more than 80,000 educational, cultural, and civic programs annually. QPL consists of 66 locations across the borough, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology center, and two teen centers, and attracted more than 11 million visitors in 2019.

 

Contact: Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, ekern@queenslibrary.org

 

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Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom Day

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Check out our reading lists and resources and join us for in-person and virtual programs to learn more about this important day in U.S. history.

Join Queens Public Library at the 2022 "Juneteenth in Queens" Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans on Sunday, June 19 from 12-7pm; learn more about the festival at https://www.juneteenthinqueens.com.

All Queens Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Booklists

Adult Books Part 1

Adult Books Part 2

Young Adult Books Part 1

Young Adult Books Part 2

Children’s Books Part 1

Children’s Books Part 2

eBooks on OverDrive

 

Juneteenth Resources

Learn About Juneteenth (Virtual Brochure from QPL, Langston Hughes Library, and Queens Memory)

Juneteenth - All About the Holidays (PBS Kids Video)

What Is Juneteenth? (HISTORY)

Juneteenth: The History of a New Holiday (The New York Times)

The History Of Juneteenth (NPR Fresh Air)

Special Series: Juneteenth (NPR)

DIY Confetti Poppers for Juneteenth (Crafting a Fun Life)

4 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Your Kids 2022 (Indy's Child Magazine)

Great Ideas for Celebrating Juneteenth (HGTV)

Here are 50 Quotes to Better Understand Juneteenth (Parade Magazine)

How to Celebrate Juneteenth as a Family (Verywell Family)

How to Celebrate Juneteenth This Year (PureWow)

Juneteenth Printables (Primary Treasure Chest Resources)

25 Ideas to Help You Celebrate Juneteenth (The Cubicle Chick by Danyelle Little)

Ways Your Family Can Celebrate and Find Joy Together on Juneteenth (PopSugar Family)

 

Upcoming QPL Programs

click on the links below for more information

For an up-to-date listing of all our Juneteenth events, visit the QPL Calendar!

Juneteenth Family Storytime & Craft Activity
Monday, June 13, 10:30am, Glen Oaks
Wednesday, June 15, 3:30pm, Baisley Park
Thursday, June 16, 4pm, South Jamaica
Saturday, June 18, 2:30pm, East Elmhurst

Juneteenth: Write Your Own Story
Monday, June 13, 2pm, North Forest Park
Wednesday, June 15, 2:30pm, Cambria Heights

Queens Rising: Juneteenth Forum: History, Traditions, and A Case for Reparations
Monday, June 13, 8pm, Virtual

Juneteenth Drum Circle and Craft
Tuesday, June 14, 4pm, Woodhaven

Queens Rising: Black Dolls, A Virtual Presentation with the New York Historical Society
Tuesday, June 14, 6pm, Virtual

Juneteenth Painting Activity
Monday, June 13, 3pm, North Hills
Wednesday, June 15, 3pm, Woodside
Wednesday, June 15, 4pm, Far Rockaway Teen Library
Thursday, June 16, 6pm, Douglaston/Little Neck
Friday, June 17, 4pm, Forest Hills
Saturday, June 18, 3:30pm, Rochdale Village

Good For Your Soul Cooking: Juneteenth Meal
Wednesday, June 15, 6pm, Virtual

Juneteenth Teen Movie
Thursday, June 16, 5pm, Queensboro Hill

Family Juneteenth Storytime
Friday, June 17, 3:30pm, Rochdale Village

Juneteenth: Trivia Day
Friday, June 17, 4pm, Far Rockaway Teen Library

Juneteenth Freedom Walk
Friday, June 17, 5pm, Rochdale Village

Juneteenth Storytime
Saturday, June 18, 11am, Richmond Hill

Juneteenth Craft
Saturday, June 18, 11:30am, McGoldrick

Langston Hughes Library Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 18, Langston Hughes
Dance Performance and Class by CarNYval Dancers, 1pm
Reelblack Films Presentation and Discussion, 3pm
Painting Activity, 3:30pm

Juneteenth Family Movie
Saturday, June 18, 2pm, Queensboro Hill

Juneteenth: The Legacy of Black Greek Organizations
Sunday, June 19, 6pm, Facebook Live & YouTube Live

Juneteenth Crochet with Ms. Junelle
Thursday, June 23, 4:30pm, East Elmhurst

 

Join QPL in the Fight Against Censorship!

This June (and beyond), Queens Public Library is taking a stand against censorship and the growing national trend of book bans.

The American Library Association recently announced that it tracked an “unprecedented” number of challenges to library, school, and university materials in 2021. The books being challenged often focus on race, LGBTQ+ issues, religion, and history.

Here’s how QPL is joining the fight against censorship and book banning.

NYC Banned Books Challenge

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QPL is partnering with Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library for the NYC Banned Books Challenge!

Our expert librarians have created a list of 10 banned and challenged books that we recommend all New Yorkers borrow and read.

To get New York started, we’re making the digital version of one of the books from the NYC Banned Books Challenge—National Book Award winner Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo—available with no waits through June 30!

Additional physical copies of Last Night at the Telegraph Club will also be available systemwide.

 

Here are the 10 titles featured in the NYC Banned Books Challenge:

Pride Month: LGBTQ+ Banned Books

The pressure to ban books featuring LGBTQ+ themes and content has increased nationwide, and QPL is standing by our commitment to promote queer liberation and representation across our borough and beyond.

In addition to the NYC Banned Books Challenge, and in honor of Pride Month, Queens Public Library will make a list of LGBTQ+ challenged and banned books, featuring titles for readers of various ages, “always available” in their digital versions throughout the month of June.

Those books are:

We hope that you will enjoy the books on both these lists, and remember: one of the best ways to fight book banning is to read banned books! Will you join us?

Far Rockaway Teen Library

QPL and Google Celebrate the Relaunch of the Far Rockaway Teen Library and Its Newly Expanded Digital Literacy Resources

 

Far Rockaway, NY The Far Rockaway Teen Library, at 2002 Cornaga Avenue, hosted an open house party on Tuesday, May 24, to highlight its new digital capabilities and expanded digital literacy resources, including brand new top-notch equipment, provided with support from Google.

As technology is increasingly becoming an everyday part of teens’ lives, libraries are uniquely positioned to offer young adults access to free digital literacy resources, guiding them through an ever-evolving digital world and helping them develop the high-demand tech skills needed in today’s job market.

Thanks to Google, the completely transformed space now features robust tech resources, including 25 new desktop computers, six iPads, a 3D printer, a Logitech driving game, and a 75” TV for gaming, as well as ProTools for the recording studio and multiple software programs for editing, photography, and videography, such as Adobe Creative Cloud. The Teen Library also boasts new furniture for the lounge and homework areas, in addition to new computer and gaming chairs.

During the event, teens were able to participate in a tech fair, where they learned about 3D printing, robotics, drones, virtual reality, and more. There was also a DJ, a 360 photo booth and giveaways.

“The Far Rockaway Teen Library provides young people with a safe and inclusive environment where they can access free, quality learning programs and connect with their peers and mentors,” said QPL President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “Google’s investment in this important space has significantly expanded its digital literacy resources, which are essential for helping teens develop the skills necessary to navigate today’s fast-changing technology landscape.”

“Ensuring all New Yorkers have access to professional tech opportunities requires us to create access to tech tools and education where New Yorkers are,” said Angela Pinsky, Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Google New York. “Our public libraries are the best resources for knowledge, community, and education across the five boroughs, and providing them with state of the art equipment, and making them the front line partners for tech program outreach is one of the smartest investments Google can make.”

“New Yorkers know that our libraries are more than just books,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer. “I am thrilled to see the Queens Public Library, with support from Google, has now made Far Rockaway the go-to place for programming that will empower teens to not only gain critical 21st Century digital literacy skills but also translate them into career opportunities.”

Far Rockaway Teen Library

QPL President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Teen Center Site Coordinator Eyitami Oyarijivbie

The Teen Library, originally established in 2008, is designed exclusively for teens, many of whom have been experiencing unprecedented isolation since the beginning of the pandemic. It provides teens in Far Rockaway with dedicated space they can call their own, helping them explore their interests and learn outside of the classroom with their peers and trusted adults. It reopened for limited programming in January 2022, following its closure in March 2020, when QPL temporarily had closed its physical locations to help stop the spread of COVID-19. With this relaunch, the Teen Library will be able to welcome more teens to participate in an expanded menu of digital literacy opportunities.

The space also aims to stimulate creative thinking, encourage civic engagement and – with the guidance of youth counselors and teen librarians – helps teens explore their school and career options.

It offers teen-friendly digital programming, including a series of podcast production workshops, DJing classes and an app development program. Additionally, it features a dedicated homework space, creative corner with film-editing equipment and computer area with free printing.

The Teen Library continues to provide its robust virtual programming, including Youth Justice Court, workshops on subjects ranging from technology, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to creative arts and health and wellness, college readiness and job search resources, as well as a book club. It also offers grab-and-go kits, containing items like craft supplies, bookmarks, and writing journals to engage teens in projects outside the Library.

Prior to the start of the pandemic, the Far Rockaway Teen Library had approximately 33,000 visits a year.

The Far Rockaway Teen Library is open Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:00 PM.

Teens need a library card to enter the space, and they need to reserve a time slot to use gaming systems and computers. To make a reservation, go here. Reservations can be made a week in advance for up to 45 minutes per activity. Walk-in reservations can be made at the main desk if slots are available.

 

The Far Rockaway Teen Library is adjacent to the Far Rockaway Swing Space, located at 1003 Beach 20th Street. The main Far Rockaway Library at 1637 Central Ave. is closed during the construction of a new building, tentatively expected to open to the public by the end of the year.

 

About Queens Public Library 

Queens Public Library is one of the largest and busiest public library systems in the United States, dedicated to serving the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in the country. An independent, non-profit organization founded 125 years ago, QPL offers free access to a collection of more than 5 million books and other materials in multiple languages, technology and digital resources, and more than 80,000 educational, cultural, and civic programs annually. QPL consists of 66 locations across the borough, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology center, and two teen centers, and attracted more than 11 million visitors in 2019.

 

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Contact: Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, ekern@queenslibrary.org

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CONTACT:
Angela Montefinise, New York Public Library, angelamontefinise@nypl.org
Fritzi Bodenheimer, Brooklyn Public Library, fbodenheimer@bklynlibrary.org
Elisabeth de Bourbon, Queens Public Library, edebourbon@queenslibrary.org

 

New York City’s Public Libraries Make a Statement Against Censorship with NYC Banned Books Challenge

Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library recommend 10 banned or challenged books for New Yorkers to borrow and read to fight censorship

To get the city started, the libraries are offering unlimited digital copies of National Book Award winner Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo through June 26; additional physical copies of the book will be available systemwide.

MAY 23, 2022—The City’s three public library systems are taking a stand against censorship with a new Banned Books Challenge: 10 banned or challenged books that expert librarians recommend New Yorkers borrow and read.

To get the city started, Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library (which serves the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island), and Queens Public Library are making one of the recommended books—popular YA title and 2021 National Book Award winner Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo—available with no waits via their free e-reader apps through June 26.

Additional physical copies of the book—featured on The New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens of 2021 list—will also be available systemwide; some branches will also host book club discussions about the book specifically targeted at teens (as many banned and challenged books are YA titles, and teens have been particularly impacted by the isolation of the pandemic).

More information can be found at bklynlibrary.org, nypl.org/bannedbookschallenge, or queenslibrary.org.

The 10 titles include:

The Banned Books Challenge is being launched as a statement against the growing national trend of book bans. The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced that it tracked an “unprecedented” number of challenges to library, school, and university materials in 2021: 729 challenges to 1,597 individual books. This is more than double the challenges tracked in 2019. The books being challenged often focus on race, LGBTQ+ issues, religion, and history.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club—a Penguin Random House title that explores issues of race and sexuality—has been the subject of such book banning efforts, including in Texas earlier this year. The story focuses on Lily Hu, a teenager living in 1950s Chinatown, who falls in love with another woman in an environment not friendly to LGBTQ relationships. Her romance, along with red-scare paranoia, create a high-stakes situation that could cost Lily’s father his citizenship.

When the title won the National Book Award in 2021, author Malinda Lo referenced “opposition to our stories” in an emotional acceptance speech, highlighting the “pressure to remove books about people of color, LGBTQ people, and especially transgender people from classrooms and libraries. I urge every one of you watching to educate yourselves . . . we need your support to keep our stories on the shelves. Don’t let them erase us."

The Banned Books Challenge is an effort to do just that: to make a statement against censorship and organized efforts to erase identities, and to connect New Yorkers with a book that they will not only enjoy, but can help develop understanding and empathy— the tools needed to fight ignorance and hate. Running from May 23 to June 26, the challenge launches during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and on the eve of LGBTQ Pride Month, contributing to robust efforts at all three library systems to celebrate and honor those who identify as part of those groups.

It is also worth noting that The New York Public Library’s Chatham Square branch previously did a program around the title earlier in 2022, partnering with the San Francisco Public Library and the New York City Department of Education to do a coast-to-coast Chinatown book club around Last Night at the Telegraph Club. About 150 eighth graders in two New York City schools in Chinatown read and discussed the book along with organizing librarians, and then had a virtual discussion with their counterpart students in San Francisco and author Malinda Lo.

“Open access to books and information is the core mission of Brooklyn Public Library and an essential component for a thriving democracy. Reading encourages critical thinking, introduces us to diverse viewpoints and perhaps mostly importantly, helps young people learn to respect one another and themselves. So we are especially delighted to launch the NYC Banned Book Challenge with the award-winning title Last Night at the Telegraph Club, a poignant story about love and identity,” said Linda E. Johnson, President of The Brooklyn Public Library.

“The Library’s role is to make sure no perspective, no idea, no identity is erased,” said Anthony W. Marx, President of The New York Public Library. “To ensure free and open access to knowledge and information. Book bans are in direct conflict with that noble mission, and we cannot be silent. The Banned Books Challenge is just one way we can bring people together and shine a light on this issue. We hope as many New Yorkers as possible will participate, learn and understand each other, and then do what we all must do: exercise our freedom to read by exploring the library and reading as many books as possible. Learn. Grow. Be uncomfortable. Enjoy. That’s the best way to combat censorship, and the Library is here to support those efforts.”

"As the most democratic and open institutions in the country, public libraries are committed to deepening our understanding of ourselves and one another, and to opening minds to diverse points of view," said Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. "With this citywide effort, we hope to encourage New Yorkers to exercise their freedom to grow, learn and discover by reading these books and to take a stand against censorship."

The Banned Books Challenge is just the latest way the City’s public libraries have stood up to book banning, an effort in direct conflict with their mission to ensure free and open access to knowledge and information.

Last month, Brooklyn Public Library, for example, launched Books Unbanned, an initiative to provide young adults across the country access to Brooklyn’s entire digital catalog (including dozens of frequently banned and challenged titles) via a special e-card. Over 3500 library cards have been issued after the first month of the campaign. In addition, members of BPL’s newly formed Teen Intellectual Freedom Council are creating peer support channels to advocate for the freedom to read.

The New York Public Library—which serves the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—launched Books For All, a partnership with publishers Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, and Scholastic to give anyone in the country access to four commonly banned titles with no waits via NYPL’s e-reader app SimplyE. The project runs through the end of May; through April, Books for All generated 22,000 new SimplyE users, nearly 10,000 checkouts of the four titles, and record web traffic to NYPL’s catalog—with 13% of traffic and usage coming from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas, where high-profile bans have taken place.

And for Pride Month in June, Queens Public Library will make an additional 10 LGBTQ-themed challenged or banned titles “always available” in digital format. These books will be announced soon.

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About Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library is one of the nation’s largest library systems and among New York City’s most democratic institutions. As a leader in developing modern 21st century libraries, we provide resources to support personal advancement, foster civic literacy, and strengthen the fabric of community among the more than 2.6 million individuals who call Brooklyn home. We provide nearly 65,000 free programs a year with writers, thinkers, artists, and educators—from around the corner and around the world. And we give patrons millions of opportunities to enjoy one of life’s greatest satisfactions: the joy of a good book.

About The New York Public Library
For 125 years, The New York Public Library has been a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library receives approximately 16 million visits through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.

About Queens Public Library
Queens Public Library is one of the largest and busiest public library systems in the United States, dedicated to serving the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in the country. An independent, non-profit organization founded in 1896, Queens Public Library offers free access to a collection of more than 5 million books and other materials in multiple languages, technology and digital resources, and more than 87,500 educational, cultural, and civic programs a year. It consists of 66 locations, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology lab, and two teen centers.

Spring into Gardening with QPL's Seed Library!

Gardening is a fun and engaging hobby for children and adults, with many benefits!

The benefits of gardening include:

  • Doing good for the planet.
  • Reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Bonding with family, friends, and members of your community.

As we swing into Spring, you can get into gardening with a little help from QPL’s Seed Library!

You might ask…

What is a seed library?
Just like books, you can check out packets of seeds from QPL. You can plant, grow, and harvest the seeds. Any leftover seeds, or new seeds harvested at the end of the growing season, may be brought back to the library.

How does it work?
Check out seed packets—this is the same process used for taking home other library materials like books and DVDs.

Where can I check out seeds?
Seeds are available at the following QPL locations:

Seed packets are available while supplies last, with a limit of 3 packets per person.

Pictures of QPL Seed Libraries at East Elmhurst, Kew Gardens Hills, and Queensboro Hill.

QPL Seed Libraries at East Elmhurst, Kew Gardens Hills, and Queensboro Hill.

What kind of seeds are available?

  • Pollinators for Bees
  • Pollinators for Butterflies
  • Easy to Grow/Hard to Kill
  • Seeds for Advanced Gardeners
  • Threatened Species

* all seeds are native and/or non-invasive to New York.

For a helpful guide to begin your gardening journey, read our Growing Guide.

Dive into the world of gardening with our curated collection of gardening books for:

The Seed Library is made possible by the Queens Public Library Foundation's Innovation Fund.

Join Us in June for Queens Rising!

Join us this June for Queens Rising, a multi-disciplinary arts celebration created to highlight our borough’s culture and creative diversity!

We’re proud to be one of the founding partners of Queens Rising, and we look forward to bringing you great in-person and virtual programming as part of this month-long initiative.

Learn more about our Queens Rising programs by clicking the links below, and learn more about the other Queens Rising partners and events at https://queensrising.nyc.

Queens Rising’s lead sponsor is Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. Major support is provided by the Queens Economic Development Corporation, Resorts World NYC, and the Max and Selma Kupferberg Family Foundation.

 

Queens Rising Programs at QPL

Japanese Culture through Dance by Sachiyo Ito, Parts 1 & 2
Wednesdays, June 1 and 8, 11am, Virtual

Kickoff to Pride Month: Love Wins Food Pantry Meal Giveaway
Wednesday, June 1, 3pm, Langston Hughes Library

Kickoff to Pride Month: Art Exhibit
Wednesday, June 1, 6pm, Langston Hughes Library

Kickoff to Pride Month: Hair Show
Wednesday, June 1, 6pm, Langston Hughes Library

Black Music Month Series
Thursdays, June 2-30, 6pm, Langston Hughes Library

Looking Ahead: Queens Memory Podcast Episode 8 Listening Party
Thursday, June 2, 6pm, Jackson Heights Library

Teen 3D Design: Flushing Architecture
Thursday, June 2, 6pm, Flushing Library

Summer Reading Series for Children with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Fridays, June 3-17, 5pm, YouTube Live

Pride Month: Drag Story Hour
Friday, June 3, 3:30pm, Jackson Heights Library
Tuesday, June 7, 4pm, Elmhurst Library
Saturday, June 11, 2pm, Hunters Point Library
Friday, June 17, 4pm, Woodside Library

Korean Arts and Crafts for the Entire Family with Soh Young Lee-Segredo
Friday, June 3, 4pm, Bayside Library
Monday, June 6, 4pm, Sunnyside Library
Wednesday, June 8, 4pm, Douglaston Library
Friday, June 10, 4pm, McGoldrick Library

CreArtBox Live Podcast & Music Series
Saturday, June 4, 3:30pm, Hunters Point Library

Pride Month: My Pride Story Showcase
Saturday, June 4, 3pm, Jackson Heights Library

Oceans of Possibilities: New York Aquarium's Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
Monday, June 6, 6:30pm, Virtual

Celebration of Diversity Highlighting the Festivals of Bangladesh
Tuesday, June 7, 6pm, Facebook Live

Origami: Flexagon Moves Forever
Wednesday, June 8, 3:30pm, Virtual

Good for Your Soul: A Cooking Show with Chef and Artist Josefina Bahamondes
Wednesday, June 8, 6pm, Virtual

Oceans of Possibilities: Harbor Views of NY, Part 2 with Oscar Israelowitz
Wednesday, June 8, 7pm, Virtual

Pride Month: The Dissidence of Reinaldo Arenas
Thursday, June 9, 6pm, Virtual

The Greatest Inheritance: Queens Memory Podcast Episode 9 Listening Party
Thursday, June 9, 6pm, 34th Ave Open Street (34th Avenue between 69th and 70th Streets), Jackson Heights

The Beauty and The Spirit of Korea with KTMDC Dance Group
Thursday, June 9, 6pm, Virtual

"People," An Outdoor Multimedia Experience
Thursday, June 9, 8pm, Hunters Point Library

Storytime about Diversity and Immigration in Queens
Friday, June 10, 3:30pm, Virtual

Juneteenth Forum: History, Traditions, and A Case for Reparations
Monday, June 13, 8pm, Virtual

Live Talk from Queens with Ralph McDaniels & Artist Sherwin Banfield
Tuesday, June 14, 3pm, Instagram Live

Sankofa Series: Deep Dive — Negro Spirituals and The Blues
Tuesday, June 14, 4pm, Langston Hughes Library

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents Tablao Flamenco
Tuesday, June 14, 6pm, Facebook Live

Juneteenth: Black Dolls, A Virtual Presentation with the New York Historical Society
Tuesday, June 14, 6pm, Virtual

The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas with Gal Beckerman
Friday, June 17, 7pm, Facebook Live & YouTube Live

Queens Memory Live
Tuesday, June 21, 4pm, Travers Park, Jackson Heights

Sankofa Series: Bring Your Own Joy with Nikki Williams
Tuesday, June 21, 4pm, Langston Hughes Library

Synagogues of Western Europe with Oscar Israelowitz
Tuesday, June 21, 6pm, Virtual

Pride Month: Following the Beat: The Queer Reclamation of William S. Burroughs
Friday, June 24, 7pm, Facebook Live & YouTube Live

Greek Music Through the Ages with Areti and Makaria
Monday, June 27, 5pm, Facebook Live

The Water Brought Us with Artist Laura R. Gadson
Wednesday, June 29, 7pm, Virtual

Oceans of Possibilities: Literary Thursdays: Jacquelyn Mitchard and "Two If By Sea"
Thursday, June 30, 4pm, Virtual

Mental Health Awareness Month 2022

It's Mental Health Awareness Month, and QPL is highlighting the importance of mental health in the lives of all Americans at every age and stage of life.

Each year, we provide support and educate the public through our programs and services.

Join us for virtual and in-person programs, check out our booklists for adults, young adults, and children, and browse our recommended resources.

Mental Health Awareness Booklists

Adult Fiction Part 1

Adult Fiction Part 2

Adult Nonfiction Part 1

Adult Nonfiction Part 2

Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Nonfiction

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Nonfiction

eBooks on OverDrive

 

Upcoming Programs

click on each title for more information

Circle Of Transformation
Saturday, May 7, 12pm, Cambria Heights

Yoga for Everyone with Toya Williford
Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28,  12pm, Virtual

Virtual Guided Meditation on Mondays
Mondays, May 9, 16, 23, 11am, Virtual

Caring Connections: Ageless Inspirations Social Group
Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 1:30pm, Virtual

VA S.A.V.E. Training: Identifying And Responding To The Warning Signs Of Suicide
Tuesday, May 10, 6pm, Virtual

Color Therapy
Tuesday, May 10, 1pm, Rochdale Village

Telling the Story of You
Wednesday, May 11, 5pm, Virtual

Virtual Guided Meditation on Wednesdays
Wednesdays, May 11, 25, 11am, Virtual

Joselyn Smith Greene, Author of "The Gift of Knowing You"
Friday, May 13, 7pm, Virtual

Breathe and Flow: Chair Yoga for Everyone
Saturday, May 14, 12pm, Virtual

Root, Grow & Bloom Yoga Series
Saturdays, May 14, 21, 28, 3pm, Virtual

Wellness Wednesdays with Dr. Naika
Wednesdays, May 18, June 1, June 15, 12pm, Facebook Live/YouTube Live

The Art of Setting Boundaries
Thursday, May 19, 5pm, Virtual

Live Your Truth: Building Self-Esteem
Tuesday, May 24, 5pm, Virtual

Healing Learning Circle for Women! (in Bengali)
Thursday, May 26, 10:30am, Virtual

 

Mental Health Awareness Resources

Mental Health

Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health: Resource Guides + Toolkits
Guides and toolkits providing information, resources, and skills to promote emotional well-being.

NY Project Hope: Coping with COVID (Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314)
NY Project Hope provides an emotional support helpline, a provider directory, and online wellness groups (including grieving & healing and support & education) for COVID19-related stress.

NYC Well, 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
New York City's 24/7 helpline for confidential support, crisis intervention, and information, including referrals for mental health and/or substance abuse concerns. NYC Well is available through online chat or by phone, where someone who is in need of support may speak with a counselor, with interpreters available for 200+ languages.

Safe Horizon, 1-800-621-HOPE (1-800-621-4673)
Safe Horizon provides assistance, advocacy, and support to victims who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, youth homelessness, and other crimes.

Therapy for Black Girls
An online space dedicated to the mental wellness of Black women and girls; you can also use this resource to locate mental health professionals in your area.

Therapy for Black Men
A directory of mental health professionals and coaches that provide multiculturally-competent care for Black men.

Social and Emotional Health

National Institutes of Health: Social Wellness Toolkit
A toolkit for learning new strategies and ways to improve your social well-being.

NYC Department of Health: Social Emotional Development (Children)
Age-specific guides for caregivers of babies, toddlers, and school-age children, including a resource to find an Early Childhood Clinic in your area.

NYC Department of Education: Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19
Resource list for caregivers to instruct their children's social and emotional wellness and learning.