Currently undergoing renovations, patrons will be directed to a mobile library that will begin operating on January 7.
Built in 1965, the 10,300-square-foot Bayside Library on Northern Boulevard is one of the most heavily used libraries in Queens. Therefore, the mobile library was seen as a necessity to keep up with the demand while the building is closed.
“During construction, customers are invited to use the mobile library which will park in front of the library or any of Queens Library’s other location,” said Joanne King, a library spokesperson.
The mobile library will be open every Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Customers will be able to borrow and return materials.
The Bayside library has been closed since December 29. It is scheduled to open for business again in the summer of 2013.
The renovation will include a complete interior makeover, including a variety of new features. Along with a self-service check out system, the library will feature separate areas for teens, adults and children, making the library more spacious. The building will also become fully accessible to handicapped patrons. The renovation will cost $1.34 million.