The Queens Public Library in Flushing neighborhood is set to reopen to the public in mid-to-late April after being closed for two years. This was confirmed in a statement released by the Library on Friday.
According to the statement from the Queens Public Library, the Flushing branch closed its doors to the public in March 2020 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In July 2020, the library reopened so staff could fulfill requests for books and materials. It then began providing to-go service to the public in November 2020.
“We know how much the library means to the people of Flushing and beyond, and we look forward to seeing it come to life again,” Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott said.
Though it began serving as a vaccination site in March 2021, its cooling and healing system would soon fail in May 2021 and the vaccination site was closed that June.
The site was used for storage to support the distribution of vaccines to nearby locations after the vaccination site closed.
A temporary HVAC system will be installed for the summer weather – with the construction taking place mostly at night, the Queens Public Library wrote in a statement.
The library plans to be in full service with a newly installed elevator and the renovation of an existing elevator.
“The elevator project will be an enormous benefit to the more than 5,000 people who come through this library’s doors on a typical day,” Walcott said.
An exact date for its reopening in April has not been announced yet.