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Photo courtesy of Queens Library
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The Glendale Library will temporarily relocate to this storefront (with the green awning) starting on May 24 during the 18-month renovation to its home building.

The Glendale Library is undergoing a renovation project that will keep it closed for 18 months, but local residents won’t have to worry about losing its important resources for all of that time.

On April 27, the Queens Library announced that a storefront space in the Shops at Atlas Park has been secured for the Glendale branch to operate in six days a week. The library will move into a ground-floor, 1,409-square-foot storefront in between Gymboree and Claire’s, according to Queens Library Director of Communications Elisabeth de Bourbon.

The move comes after residents, members of Community Board 5 and Councilman Robert Holden spoke up about the mobile library service that was only going to be available one day per week during the closure. State Senator Joseph Addabbo then stepped in as well, and he was able to connect the library with Peter DeLucia, the property manager at Atlas Park, to see if a deal could be made.

“We are grateful to the community and our customers for making clear how important this branch is to them, and we thank Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. for helping find a suitable and affordable location,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott in the press release.

On a call with QNS on April 30, Addabbo explained that to make up for the library’s limited budget, DeLucia and Atlas Park had to be willing to “knock down the price for the benefit of the community.”

The deal took only one month to come together with both sides working diligently on it, Addabbo said.

“I am happy to have been a part of the partnership between Queens Library and Atlas Park, and I want to express my thanks to Atlas Park for opening their space to allow the Glendale Library a temporary space during their reconstruction, and to Queens Library for making sure Glendale residents did not lose their library,” Addabbo said in the press release.

The library will soon begin moving supplies into the new location and plans to begin its one-year lease by the end of May. The space will feature 5,500 items (such as books, periodicals and DVDs), a self checkout machine, six computers and WiFi, outdoor children’s programming and free parking for up to one hour. The current staff of the Glendale Library will be working at the new location, according to de Bourbon.

DeLucia added in the press release that he was excited for the library to come to the shopping center and believes “the library is a strong community partner and will be a great addition to our center.”

Addabbo said the library would fit in well at Atlas Park because the shopping center has become much more than just about retail, as it recently hosted an autism awareness event on April 28. He often holds mobile office hours in Queens Library branches and said that many people need the free WiFi to apply for jobs and take care of other important tasks.

Until the temporary library opens up, there will still be mobile library hours every Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside of the Glendale Library. When the storefront is ready, it will be open during the following hours:

  • Monday from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests of the library will be able to request any item from the library’s collection and have it delivered to the new location, and they can return items borrowed from other locations.

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