Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Central Library gets upgraded
From the Daily News:
When it opened more than 45 years ago, the Queens Central Library in Jamaica was touted as a state-of-the art facility, offering the latest in customer convenience and library research.
But the traditional stacks of books and rows of tables and chairs are now being replaced with plush seating and computers as the library embarks on its largest and most ambitious renovation to date.
“Libraries are no longer just places to sit and do research, they are places to go,” said Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante.
Galante and City Councilman Leroy Comrie celebrated the latest phase of the library’s transformation on Thursday when they officially opened its expanded and revamped Cyber Center.
The center has 72 computer workstations, printers and a scanner.
A long line of customers waiting to use the computers grew during the short ceremony - an example of the vital role they now serve in libraries.
Use of the computers is free for anyone with a Queens Library Card.