Glen Oaks Library celebrates $17M overhaul

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Photo courtesy of Queens Library
Photo courtesy of Queens Library

Glen Oaks bookworms now have three floors to “search” to their hearts’ content.

On sunny days, the six-letter word is illuminated across the brand new Queens Library at Glen Oaks, which celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 3.

“The new Glen Oaks library offers state-of-the-art architecture, the latest technology and a host of impressive resources for our vibrant and diverse community,” said Councilmember Mark Weprin, who helped fund the $17 million project with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The chic 18,000-square-foot branch at 256-04 Union Turnpike, with its partially transparent exterior, is nearly double the size of the old branch, which was built in 1956.

A sweeping interior staircase leads to more computer workstations, separate areas for adults, teens and children and a sky-lit reading lounge. There is also an outdoor reading space.

The new library is expected to serve 250,000 people a year, library officials said.