2009-09-04 / Community

Ulrich Delivers Funding To BC Library

City Councilmember Eric Ulrich is funding more than $1 million in improvements to three south Queens Libraries, including the Broad Channel branch. Ulrich will ceremonially present library CEO Thomas W. Galante with super-sized checks to kick off the project.

The Broad Channel library will receive $100,000 to fund 24/7 self check-in capability, allowing customers to return library materials around the clock and receive a receipt for the material that is returned.

The Howard Beach library's allocation of $465,000 will provide a muchneeded new roof to the building and RFID-powered self-service check out kiosks, for faster service and new 24/7 self check-in capability, allowing customers the convenience of returning materials at any time. At Queens Library at Ozone Park, $460,000 will provide much-needed funding to replace the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system so that the library can be comfortable for the community. Many residents throughout Queens depend on their community libraries during the hottest and coldest weather, taking refuge there to avoid running up high energy bills in their own homes.

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. With a record 23 million items in circulation for fiscal year 2009, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the U.S. and one of the highest circulations in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library Web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718- 990-0700.

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