Queens Library

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. With 62 locations, Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library website at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich Your Life.®
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April 24, 1800 - President John Adams approves legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress,” thus establishing The Library of Congress!

The first library in Queens was organized in 1858 in Flushing on a subscription basis. Incorporated in 1869, it became a free circulation library in 1884. Check out this postcard of the former Queens Borough Public Library branch at Flushing in 1912.  

Celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth with one of these books from the library!

The Unisphere from the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Today is the 50th Anniversary of the day it opened!

Thanks to Councilman Donovan Richards, Assemblywoman Michele Titus, Senator James Sanders, Jr., Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s Chief of Staff Angelica Katz, Councilman Costa Constantinides, and the Turkish Cultural Center for making the reopening of Arverne Library a success!

Queens Library serves 25,000 seniors like Stan each year with a variety of social, educational and entertainment programming aimed at Older Adults borough-wide.

Come to the #Rockaways tomorrow for the reopening celebration of our #Arverne location! 

The home of the New York Mets from 1964 to 2008, Shea Stadium opened 50 years ago today, April 17, 1964!

Children inside the #bookmobile, 1953. Happy #NationalBookmobileDay!

It’s #nationalbookmobileday! Check out our #bookmobile back in 1953.