The Queens Public Library announced yesterday that it is finalizing an agreement with Citi that will enable QPL’s Court Square branch to extend its $1-a-year sublease and remain in its current location, the 3,200-square-foot space on the ground floor of One Court Square, through March 2020.
“Extending the Queens Public Library’s sublease at Court Square is an important, short-term win, but we will not stop fighting until we secure a permanent home. The Court Square Library is an indispensable resource for our rapidly growing community. We must do all we can to protect, enhance, and expand its invaluable services. Closing a public library is never an option,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer in a release.
The number of people who visit the Queens Public Library’s Court Square branch and circulation have skyrocketed since it first opened in 1989. It attracts nearly 100,000 people a year, and offers hundreds of programs for the growing community of residents and employees of local businesses and government and non-profit organizations.
“Local residents are grateful the Court Square Library lease was extended through early 2020, however this is a continuation of ad-hoc band aid solutions we’ve seen. More permanent solutions need to be found for the community, including placement of a new zoned elementary school that was promised. We thank Council Member Van Bramer for continuing to advocate for solutions from the City,” said Frank Wu, president of the Court Square Civic Association.