A closing date has been announced for the Court Square library branch.
Queens Public Library has notified the community that the library at 25-01 Jackson Avenue will close on Saturday, February 15 at 5 p.m.
Mobile library service will be provided on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on February 24. The service will be located in front of the court house at Jackson Avenue and Court Square West.
Patrons can access full library services at the Hunters Point branch (47-40 Center Boulevard), Long Island City branch (37-44 21st Street) and Sunnyside branch (43-06 Greenpoint Avenue).
Yesterday, the Friends of Court Square Library, Court Square Civic Association and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer excoriated QPL for not finding a new home for the Court Square branch in a timely manner.
The Court Square branch, which has operated on the ground floor of the Citi Bank building for the last 30 years, has run out of time on its lease. The new building owner, Savanna, does not want the branch there anymore.
According to Van Bramer, QPL has identified two possible replacement sites. But it may take weeks, if not months, to transform the site into a library ready for the public.
Court Square residents will have to soon prepare for life without a local library branch until a new site can be found.
For everyone’s sake, we hope it happens sooner rather than later.