Jan. 7, 2020 By Allie Griffin
The Court Square Library will be closing next month and residents are holding a rally Wednesday to put pressure on Queens Public Library to ensure the branch has a new home.
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Friends of Court Square Library and the Court Square Civic Association will be holding the rally at the 25-01 Jackson Ave. branch to call on the Queens Library to find permanent and temporary space so that service can continue.
The Queens Library, which has operated the branch out of a 3,200-square-foot ground floor space at the Citigroup Building since 1989, must vacate the building when the lease ends March 31.
The branch will close to the public sometime in February, with an exact date to be announced by the end of the week.
The Queens Library is closing the branch before the lease termination date so that there is ample time for packing and restoring the space.
The branch serves 100,000 people each year and provides access to 10 workstations, free internet access, Microsoft Office software, free printing and free wireless access.
Organizers hope the rally will pressure QPL to develop a short-term and long-term solution to the closure of branch.
Community members are also concerned about its closure since the branch is one of the few indoor public spaces in the area.
The rally begins at 10 a.m. in front of the branch.
On Thursday at 10 a.m., the Friends of Court Square Library will host a meeting at the library to discuss future service.