Dec. 14, 2018 By Meghan Sackman
The Queens Library at Astoria near Hallets Cove is set to undergo a major revamp that officials say will re-envision the library as a “21st century learning facility for western Queens.”
The library at 14-01 Astoria Blvd. has received $3.3 million in funding toward a full renovation as part of the new City Council budget that effect over the summer, according to Council Member Costa Constantinides.
The branch will see improvements including a new children’s reading area, elevators, electronic drop-off equipment and other modern-day technologies. The location will also become ADA compliant.
The council member, along with Dennis Walcott, president and CEO of the Queens Library, celebrated the funding during an event at the library today.
“Libraries are a beacon of learning, whether you’re five or 95, which is why keeping them up to date is so crucial,” Constantinides said in a statement.
The branch, which opened in 1904, is one of four remaining Carnegie Libraries in Queens.
The new funding is also part of a wider $25 million city investment to the Hallets Cove Peninsula area since 2014.
It is unclear when work on the library will begin and be completed.