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Woodhaven library opens basement

Temporary space on lower level of iconic building open for public use

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:45 am, Thu Apr 18, 2013.

The Woodhaven branch of the Queens Library, which closed last month for renovations, opened its basement to the public on Tuesday to temporarily accommodate customers.

The nearly 90-year-old building, which closed on March 11, will receive new lighting, furniture, bathrooms and a circulation desk. Self check-ins and check-outs will also be installed.

Building renovations are expected to be completed by August, library officials said.

Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, said he has not seen any outside repairs completed but has noticed ongoing first-floor renovations.

“You can see that they’ve done a lot of work on the first floor when you pass by,” he said. “Renovations are still underway.”

The library was threatened with closure in 2010 due to spending cuts in the mayor’s budget proposal, but was granted enough funding by the City Council to remain open.

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