BY JOSH TOWNER
The Far Rockaway Library will move to a temporary location for the next three years as a stunning two-story, $33 million building is constructed on the current site.
The new library will double the size of the existing building. The development will feature a glass curtain wall, pyramidal entrance and a large central atrium.
The building will also have a minimal environmental impact, between the large use of natural light and the blue roof, which collects stormwater to mitigate runoff impact. The development has been certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, one of the most popular green-building certification programs in the world.
Among the new library’s features are designated children and teen spaces, an elevator, a large meeting room, additional computer stations, a quiet room and self check-in/out equipment.
The current library, located at 1637 Central Ave., will close on Friday, Sept. 28. The single-story brick building was built in 1968, but it will be demolished to pave the way for the new development. The temporary location will open Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 1003 Beach 20th St. Mobile library service will also be available on Monday, Oct. 15 and Monday, Oct. 22 in front of the temporary space.
The new library was designed by the architectural firm Snøhetta, which also designed the National September 11 Memorial Museum and Pavilion.
The construction is expected to be completed in 2021.