Nov. 8, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
Renderings for a proposed new library in the Douglaston-Little Neck section of northeast Queens have been released by Council Member Paul Vallone and the Queens Public Library (QPL).
The new library is estimated to cost $25 million to build and is planned to replace the current Douglaston-Little Neck library that is located at 249-01 Northern Blvd. The existing library, which was built in 1963, will be bulldozed.
The new library will feature more than 12,000 square feet of space spread across three floors. It will also include a children’s open-air garden.
The design phase of the project is expected to be completed next year with construction anticipated to begin in late 2023. The building is estimated to open by the middle of 2026.
“Douglaston deserves a state-of-the-art library for their community that reflects current technological and information access needs, and with this investment of over $25 million, the Queens Public Library has committed to creating a contemporary space for our residents,” Vallone said.
Vallone, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and Assembly Member Edward Braunstein have allocated funds for the new library in response to resident requests.
Braunstein said the library is an important community resource and that he is looking forward to the completion of the new building.
“The Douglaston-Little Neck Library provides a wealth of vital services and programming to the local community, and northeast Queens families will benefit from this new modernized facility for generations to come,” Braunstein said. “I look forward to the building’s eventual grand opening.”