The Archives has one of the largest collections of primary and secondary resources documenting Long Island. It consists of approximately 36,000 books and volumes of serials, approximately 2,500 cubic feet of manuscripts, 4,500 maps and broadsides, 105,000 photographs, 422 feet of vertical files, and 9,000 reels of microfilm. The Archives has subscriptions to 49 journals and 28 newspapers.

Archives Hours of Operation

Mondays, 9am to 9pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9am to 7pm
Saturdays, 10am to 5pm
Sundays, 12pm to 5pm

Collection Policy

The Archives divides its acquisitions into three areas:

Queens History

Primary and secondary resources documenting the natural, social, economic, and political history of Queens County in all formats.

Published Works

Secondary resources including reference works, monographs, journals, indexes and abstracts, and other published works that document Kings, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.


The records of the Queens Public Library’s Department heads, as well as the organization's publications, board meeting minutes, and other historically valuable records.

Contribute to Archives

The Archives accepts donations and purchases of material that fits within the scope of its collection.

Additional information may be obtained by writing or calling:

Archives at Queens Public Library
Queens Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432

How to Access the Archives

The Archives is open seven days a week year-round. A reference librarian is always available to assist customers. The Archives is accessible only to people who are using its materials and they must obtain a pass from the Information Desk located at the Library’s main entrance.


This guide provides rules for using the Archives at Queens Public Library. Please review them before your visit.

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