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Bayside Library to Close Later This Year for Renovations

Branch will shut its doors for several months on Dec. 29 to allow for $1.3 million upgrade.

The Bayside Library will close for several months at the end of the year to allow for renovations, a spokeswoman for the Queens Public Library said.

The library, located at 214-20 Northern Blvd., will shut its doors at the end of the day on Dec. 29 and remain closed for several months for the upgrade, said Joanne King, the library’s spokeswoman.

The branch will reopen in the summer of 2013.

Renovations to the library will include the installation of RFID self-service check out and 24/7 check-in machines.

The upgrade will also include the creation of areas for adults, teens and children as well as new décor and handicap accessibility.

The total cost of renovations is $1.3 million.

During construction, customers will be able to visit a mobile library that will park in front of the branch or any other Queens Library location.

Nearby branches include the East Flushing Library at 196-36 Northern Blvd. and the Douglaston-Little Neck Library at 249-01 Northern Blvd.

Helen Reed December 16, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The Bay Terrace branch is also close by: 18-36 Bell Boulevard Bayside, NY 11360 (718) 423-7004
Phil Konigsberg December 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I have asked Councilman Dan Halloran to see if he is able to have the Bay Terrace branch service hours expanded, in particular to include Saturdays, and on Tuesday and Wednesdays. The Bayside branch is one of the few branches that are open on Saturdays and used by Bay Terrace residents who are able to take the Q13 bus to get there without having to go to downtown Flushing.
Harriet Brown December 16, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I am so glad you posted this. I really had no idea.
Phil Konigsberg January 28, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I visited the mobile library van parked outside the Bayside Library that is closed for renovations to see how much traffic they were getting. I was there on Saturday around 4 PM and one of the employees said there had been 63 transactions since the morning. I don't think that included someone like myself who just walked but did not borrow or return anything. One thing that surprised me and needs to be dealt with for the next few months: After the snow fell Friday night and I think Saturday morning? the sidewalk directly in front of the library was not cleared of snow (including the area by the mobile library) which creates a dangerous situation for library customers as well as pedestrians passing by. I noticed that the sidewalks immediately east of the library by the 111th Precinct had been cleared of any snow up until the driveway on the NYPD property. The sidewalk west of the library by the Mobil service station was also cleared of any snow. I will advise the library headquarters and Councilman Halloran's office to see if this can be remedied for any future snowfall (perhaps there will be some accumulation today).

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