Broadway Library in Astoria closed until fall 2023
A rendering of the renovated Broadway Library. Courtesy of Queens Public Library
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BY JULIA MORO
As of March 5, the Broadway
Library, located at 40-20 Broadway
in Astoria, officially closed for
The project includes a new computer
center, a new reception room,
new public restrooms, updated meeting
rooms and new decor on the main
level. The library is expected to reopen
in the fall of 2023.
“With these upgrades, the Broadway
branch will be more welcoming,
inspiring and technologically efficient,”
said Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska,
the deputy communications director
at Queens Public Library.
During the closure, customers can
visit nearby Queens Public Library
locations such as the libraries in Long
Island City, Woodside or Steinway.
These renovations cost $4 million
for construction and design. The
funds were provided by the offices
of Mayor Eric Adams, Queens Borough
President Donovan Richards
and Councilwoman Julie Won. These
three offices have averaged $26 million
in city capital funding over the
last five years.
Through conversations with the
board of trustees, elected officials,
library staff and the community, the
Queens Public Library capital planning
team identifies needs based on
the usage of a library. The Broadway
library is among the most used
facilities in the borough.
“The Broadway branch is among
the busiest in the borough. Prior
to the pandemic, it served approximately
250,000 people, lending more
than 180,000 items each year,” Kern-
According to the Queens Public
Library website, there are currently
100 active library capital projects ongoing
in Queens and more in development.
These new developments range
from technology upgrades to interior
renovations and even brand-new
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