Dec. 28, 2021 By Christian Murray
The Queens Public Library announced Monday that it has closed eight of its 61 branches due to staff shortages stemming from COVID-19.
The library system said the branches have been closed until further due to staff members testing positive.
The branches that have temporarily closed include the following locations: Bellerose; Glen Oaks; Hunters Point; Elmhurst; Jackson Heights; McGoldrick in Flushing; Peninsula in Rockaway Beach; and South Jamaica. The Whitestone branch was closed for a short time Monday but has since reopened.
The library system said that the status of the branches will be updated on its website or the public can call 718-990-0728.
All branches will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 31; on New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022; and on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.
UPDATE, 12/27, 2:30PM: The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for #COVID19.
Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please continue to visit our website for updates. pic.twitter.com/HsBiLkpA2O
— Queens Public Library (@QPLNYC) December 27, 2021
No one cares. Close them all and turn the buildings into community centers or low income housing.