Fresh Meadows Library Closing For Renovation

Staff Writer

As new and revamped branches of the Queens Library open throughout Queens, another one is due to undergo some renovations starting this weekend.

Queens Library’s Fresh Meadows branch will close on Oct. 12 so it can install a radio-frequency identification check-in and check-out system. These advanced lending systems are being added to all of the libraries in the Borough.

The upgrades are scheduled to last about three months, unless this winter’s weather delays the project. The library is due to reopen in the middle of January 2014. Funding for the renovations was secured by Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens).  The project will cost $998,000 in total.

Starting Oct. 21, a Mobile Library will be parked outside the Fresh Meadows and will provide limited service every
Monday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will have a select amount of books available for check-out, will
take book check-ins and will have a full array of reference services available.

This is the first renovation the library has undergone since 2000, where it had some major work done, according to
the library’s director of communications, Joanne King. The library was given all new structural improvements,
including everything from heating to ventilation to air conditioning.

As the RFID book borrowing system did not exist at that time, this new work is necessary. The RFID uses the same
technology that is found in an E-Z Pass.

“It drastically cuts down on the time customers must wait in line to check books and videos out. At the same time, it
frees staff to spend more time serving customers’ informational needs,” a library spokesperson said.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.