Plans to restore the historic Glendale Library
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 17, 2014 | 607 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Designs provided by Matthew Baird Architects
Designs provided by Matthew Baird Architects
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Designs provided by Matthew Baird Architects
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Designs provided by Matthew Baird Architects
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The schematic designs for a $2.7 million overhaul of the Glendale Library were unveiled last week, proposing major changes to the historic branch.

Along with plans for accessibility improvements like a new elevator to serve all three levels of the nearly 80-year-old building, other aspects of the project call for a general renovation of the first floor reading room, mezzanine and green space.

With an expected completion date tentatively set for Spring 2017, Library CEO and president Thomas Galante said he is thrilled for the renovation of the nearly 10,800-square-foot, three floor Renaissance-style library at 78-60 73rd Place.

"Queens Library at Glendale is one of the architectural jewels of our borough and a vibrant community hub and center for education and information,” Galante said. “The renovations will honor the historic character of the building while improving how the library will function in the 21st century.”

Other improvements include the construction of a handicapped accessible entrance, a newly renovated book drop, new adult and teen reading rooms and the centralization of the main circulation desk, placing it where it once stood when the library first opened back in 1935.

“When the renovations are complete in 2017, it will include better access to information technology, 24/7 materials return technology, improved accessibility including an elevator to each floor, and a return to glory of the beautiful outdoor garden," Galante added.

Architects with the Manhattan-based Matthew Baird Architects discussed the plans at last week's Community Board 5 meeting at Christ the King High School.

Other parts of the latest design also include newly constructed stairs to create a more historically accurate walkway, along with restoration of the original perimeter shelving and new furniture throughout the facility.

"The design by Matthew Baird Architects aims to improve accessibility and functionality for a library which is much beloved by the Glendale community,” said a spokesperson with the Department of Design and Construction. “The improved interior design will make the library more user-friendly to the public, while enhancing the civic presence of this longtime community hub."

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said she is happy to see the project is now underway following several years of capital funding for the branch.

"A library is more than just a place to borrow books; it is an invaluable public resource that serves as a learning, career, and community center all in one,” Crowley said. “The Glendale Library has always been special place in our community, and I am excited to reintroduce this updated facility to a new generation."

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