Elmhurst will be losing one of its historic buildings in the near future, as its 105-year old library on Broadway, funded, like many of its brother libraries in the 5 boroughs, by steel industrialist/philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, will soone be torn down to make way for a larger structure.
The $27.8 million, 30,000-square-foot facility will span four floors and have separate areas for children, teens and adults. It includes a 32-computer Cyber Center and an interior reading atrium along with a community garden.
[Queens Library CEO Thomas] Galante said the new design features “a lot of glass and a lot of light” but also incorporates some bricks from the old building and relocates the children’s room fireplace.
The heavily used Adult Learner Center, which teaches literacy programs, is being temporarily relocated to the former gym at nearby St. James Episcopal School.
Starting Nov. 9, customers will be able to take out some library materials from a book bus parked outside the old site while a temporary facility is constructed in trailers on a nearby parking lot. NY Daily News