Queens Public Library- Broadway Branch
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40-20 Broadway, Long Island City, NY 11103
  • Anyway, the library is a pretty large building- I believe it has 3 floors
  • It didn't bother me too much, considering I didn't need their help for that long, but I have to admit I was slightly disappointed to have something to taint the branch's glowing review in my mind
  • Again, I really don't spend much time actually in the library so it's not a huge bother to me but if you're planning on going there to study, research or any other quiet activity, you're going to want to avoid weekday after-school hours for sure
  • Even though I love it and it is a great help for me, there are times where I'll be told by the system that I'm 2nd in que for a book, but after 5 weeks go by I find out I'm really 256th

    • by dancey2k7
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      I first came to this branch of the Queens Library because I moved to Woodside, and this was the closest branch to me. I’ve always been an avid user of public libraries, both when I was living in Orange County, NY with my parents as well as my first apartment in the city (also in Queens), and now I continue my use of this gem of Queens in my most recent apartment in Woodside.

      The Broadway branch is in a great location, right near the M and R trains off the steinway street stop, and also within a reasonable walking distance from the N and Q trains off the Broadway stop. It’s right off Steinway street, which is an extremely popular street with tons of shopping and places to eat. My apartment is about a 25 minute walk from the library, and on a nice day, I really enjoy it. By transit, it takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the library since I’m not on a direct transit line to it.

      Anyway, the library is a pretty large building- I believe it has 3 floors. One of my favorite things about this library branch is the automatic book


      return. It’s the busy New Yorker-who-can’t-get-to-the-library-during-library-hours’ life saver. This machine works similar to an ATM except that instead of inserting your debit card, you place your books you’d like to return one at a time into the feed, and then you’re done. The books have been returned. No hassle, no need to enter the library or be there when it’s open, etc. It gives you a receipt too so you’ll remember you returned the book(s). This automated return box is only open certain hours after the library closes and before it opens (I’m not entirely sure what they are), but it’s still a huge help if you’re not able to get there right when the library opens or closes, or even if you just don’t want to go inside to return your books.

      When you walk into the branch, you walk into a smaller room between automatic doors where there is another automatic book return. If you continue through the second set of automatic doors you can make a left to enter the main area of the library, where the new releases and some books of other subjects are, the librarians, the check out counters, and the computers ...


      • are. Or, you can make a right into the children’s section. I’ve actually never been to the other floors, because I never had a need to. I make frequent use of the libraries request service. I’m sure many other library chains have this service, where you can request that a book from another library to be sent to the branch closest to you, but I’ve never seen one quite so large! Queens has a huge number of branches with a countless number of books- even some that are relatively new releases (out for 2 months or so). Anyway, I usually go to the request section which is behind the check out counters and next to the computers, check out and return any books I currently have, and that’s it. It’s quick, easy and simple. The best part is that it’s free :)

        I’ve never necessarily had a rude librarian experience at this library, but there have been a few times where they weren’t overly friendly either. It didn’t bother me too much, considering I didn’t need their help for that long, but I have to admit I was slightly disappointed to have something to taint the

        branch’s glowing review in my mind. During after-school hours, the library gets very noisy on the main floor. I’m always surprised by this because it’s a library- isn’t the number one rule of a library to be QUIET? I feel bad for the librarians in this case too, they aren’t babysitters and therefore I’m sure that’s why they don’t keep a handle on the children who go there after school to make noise. Again, I really don’t spend much time actually in the library so it’s not a huge bother to me but if you’re planning on going there to study, research or any other quiet activity, you’re going to want to avoid weekday after-school hours for sure. I also just have to nit-pick about the request system. Even though I love it and it is a great help for me, there are times where I’ll be told by the system that I’m 2nd in que for a book, but after 5 weeks go by I find out I’m really 256th?? Just keep an eye on your que, and you’ll be glad you were able to take advantage of this awesome service from the library. :)




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