The leaky roof has been a problem for some time, and according to Queens Library’s director of Communications Lisi de Bourbon, the existing 20-year warranty has expired.
The roof repair project is in the fifth out of seven phases. De Bourbon estimates the project will be complete by spring 2017, but said the library would “be closed for approximately four weeks while the most disruptive work associated with the replacement is done.”
“We do our best to minimize all closings, however, in this case it’s necessary because of the nature of the work,” de Bourbon added.
Of the 62 library branches in Queens, Forest Hills branch has been the fifth busiest, with over 314,000 visitors last year.
The library offers extensive programming, such as story time for young children, dance lessons, teen art programs, holiday events, niche clubs, and musical and theatrical performances.
Starting November 18, there will be a mobile library providing service on Fridays and Saturdays at Queens Boulevard and 71st Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those who usually visit the Forest Hills branch can also go to the two nearest libraries in Rego Park at 91-41 63rd Drive and North Forest Park at 98-27 Metropolitan Avenue.