BY JAMES FARRELL
Officials broke ground on a project that will bring major renovations and improvements to the Glendale Community Library this week.
The project will also force the library to close from spring 2018 through fall 2019. In the interim, the Queens Library plans to provide mobile library services.
The improvements will restore the building’s interior space, which was constructed in 1935 in the Italian Renaissance style. The project also includes an elevator, an accessible entrance to the building, new adult and teen reading rooms, modifications to the vestibule and the restoration of a rear garden, among other things.
“These renovations and upgrades mean that this very special library will finally be accessible to all,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott.
Funding for the project was provided by outgoing Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Borough President Melinda Katz and the mayor’s office.
Department of Design and Construction Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio also touted the project’s improved accessibility.
“This building dates back to 1935 and has a lot of character, and we plan to preserve that history while we make this valuable resource more equitable for New Yorkers,” she said.
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