Glen Oaks Library celebrates $17M overhaul

By Queens Courier Staff | |

Photo courtesy of Queens Library
Photo courtesy of Queens Library

The Glen Oaks branch of the Queens Library celebrated its official opening on September 3.

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.