The East Elmhurst library closed on Nov. 23 and will remain off limits until the first phase of construction is complete; that’s expect to take four months. A mobile library service is currently provided every Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Queens Library’s Langston Hughes, Corona and Jackson Heights community libraries are also nearby.
The new space will house a “state-of-the-art” community room that can accommodate 120 people, a cyber center, an interior court for quiet reading and additional room for teens and adults. It will also have a LEED silver rating and features such as natural light, natural air ventilation, solar panels, active heat recovery ventilation and insulated glazing that will triple the building’s thermal resistance and reduce the effect of the sun’s glare.
“Everyone who uses East Elmhurst Community Library — whether it’s to exercise, read, learn, go online or work — has made it clear that they need more space, and we are thrilled we’re going to deliver it for them,” Walcott said.