Dec. 19, 2014 By Michael Florio
Astoria residents can now hit the books morning and night.
The Queens Library is restructuring its hours for 2015 in order to accommodate a greater number of users. It will open earlier—at 10 am—two days a week, and remain open later in the evenings—through 8pm– twice a week.
“Many library users have told us they wanted later evenings in order to be able to use the library after work or school. Others preferred earlier mornings, especially to accommodate pre-schoolers,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, Interim President and CEO.
The new hours, which will go into effective on January 5th, will vary daily, allowing the library to accommodate both requests.
The Queens Library at Astoria (14-01 Astoria Blvd) will now be open from 12 pm to 8 pm on Monday, 1 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday, 10 am to 6 pm on Wednesday, 12 pm to 8 pm on Thursday and 10 am to 6 pm on Friday. It will be closed on weekends.
The Broadway branch (40-20 Broadway) and the Steinway branch (21-45 31st Street) will be open from 9 am to 8 pm Monday, 1 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday, 10 am to 6 pm on Wednesday, 12 to 8 pm on Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm on Friday and 10 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday. It will be closed on Sunday.
The Queens Library is advocating for increased funding that will allow all branches to open six days a week.