Queens Public Library at Flushing in Flushing
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Flushing, Queens County, New York, US
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I liked how lively the library was: people were coming in and out through its doors on this weekday afternoon. I saw different types of people at the library: elderly couples, grade school students, kids... Theres also an abundance of tables where people can sit and read.
A good places to go to for everything. There is wifi but very slow. Bathrooms and water fountain are available on basement floor and third floor. Elevator available for the needy. Lots of books to pick from. There are quiet rooms available. Computers are available for use but usually there will be a line. 10 free page of printing everyday. Sometimes its kind of noisy.
This is the largest library in the Flushing/Corona/East Elmhurst area. Four floors, resources in a variety of languages, a childrens area, as a large media area with DVDs, etc. There is no parking lot, but there is an elevator to all floors. Its a bit crowded on most occasions, with many people just sitting around as a lounge and not a library and its therefore a little more noisy than other libraries.
I love how much books this place has! Being from a neighborhood in queens with a much smaller library, I love coming here for the vast variety of library books I can get!Now they have a scanner! Love the atmosphere and the books! Thank you! The seating can be hard to get sometimes though. I admit.
Its not like Ive been to libraries all over the city, in every borough however, out of all the libraries that I have been in, in different boroughs, Queens Public Library, between Main street and Kissena Blvd in Flushing, is the overall best I have ever been in. It has everything you could ever need in a library, also alot of it, and more. I just wish you could still get your official, NYC ID, there. I dont know why they stopped letting us apply, or renew our NYC ID in the library, but they need to start doing it again ASAP. That is the only picture ID I have except for my social services ID card, and alot of places dont accept that for ID because it doesnt have an expiration date on it. Anyway, please bring the ID process back to the QUEENS LIBRARY. Also, I dont know that the library took out the ID process, in fact Im almost positive the city took it out of the library, so I still give the library 4 stars because its not their fault. Anyway, really good library, just bring back the NYC ID Services, immediately. My ID just expired, and I dont know where to get it renewed.
Great public service place. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I went there many times for work and the place was quiet and organized. The place is more than a library, it’s a vibrant community center with lots of cultural events. The staff at the printing center are very helpful.
An woman who speaks both Chinese and English at the information desk on 2nd flower seemed to be chatting all the time.When I asked for her help with searching a book, she seemed to be feeling troublesome as if I had interrupted her joyful time and I had to feel guilty.Since her answer was unreliable, I asked another stuff, this guy looked working hard unlike that woman, about the same question and I was able to got better and clear answer.Seems like most of stuff here are very nice.It just might have been unlucky day.Another bad thing here was the rest room on the basement floor was terribly dirty.
Customer service is rude. Overcharged on requested items as not picked up, even I already have returned it. If you have no screen shot or receipt you have to pay. When y do a request system makes it double and you have to pay for not picking up second copy. No emails to pick up the item, only email about experation date. Terrible. Nothing like this in NYC library.New email service is improving. But checked out web page is worse then before. Its impossible to see more than 3 items at once.
Toddler time here is atrocious. They treat you and your child like a criminal if your child is even the slightest bit noisy or active. We are talking about two and three year olds! I have been thrown out more than once and I have complained. Its in a separate room with the door closed. Who is being disturbed? The other toddlers? Unrealistic. If you dont like kids, dont run kid programs. Also, the people that read to the kids can barely be understood. And I received a very nasty remark about that, an excuse about NYC being multicultural etc. I am born and raised here! However, that doesnt mean I want someone who cant speak English well reading to my kid.Also, on more than one occasion I have heard security guards using foul language in the kids area. It shouldnt be done anywhere but that is really deplorable.So now I troop it to the Mitchell-Linden library instead. The librarian there is understanding, friendly and respectful.I have more negative things to say about staff and other experiences...but just stay away. Or get your books and run!
This is a huge library. I was in high school when this was built. We used to go here all the time to just hang out, sitting on the steps until theyre opened. Its on Main Street, by a very busy area filled with lots of Chinese restaurants and food shopping, if you walk a bit further theres retail stores too. Parking is nearly impossible, so I dont recommend it. The 7 train goes there, and multiple buses. They also host lots of free events for the community, and inside its a very big library, they have DVDs to borrow, as well as computers and printers for use. The outside also looks gorgeous with a glass structure.
Its noisy on the first floor, but if you head up to the second and third floor, its more quiet there. The teens room is only for teens (go figure) and there are plenty of seats on either floors. If theres an empty chair just ask the people next to it if anyone is sitting. theyll usually respond.
I was in the children’s room and want to use the computer but the staff was so rude to me. She came over to me before I get to scan my library card and in a mean tone saying “ you have to go up stairs, this is children’s room” and I said I’m also a kid and why can the adults able to use a computer in the children’s room when I can’t while I’m a kid.These staff are just...I don’t even have words to describe them, this isn’t my first time meeting a mean staff. I mean can you at least treat people like a person that is coming in to do some work
Truly the best library Ive ever been to. Excellent customer service, large selections of Chinese materials, huge theater, wide variety of FREE comprehensive Adult Learning workshops, reliable and decent WIFI, enough plugs to charge your device(s) if you need juice and have nowhere else to charge with a lot of seats scattered all over, numerous art exhibits, enough computers to use with internet and printing capabilities am I missing anything else? Oh Yes opened 7 Days a Week!!!
Not sure if its just me that gets really bad wi-fi at this place but out of all of the queens libraries i have been to, this library may have the worst wi-fi ever! Barely get any bars on my laptop and also the security needs to be more attentive about the homeless people that come into the library. Almost every time I come here to study, there is always a foul smell that they give off and they pretty much sleep in the study areas upstairs. Dont know how they just let them walk in giving off such a foul stench and some of them scream loudly. STEP IT UP SECURITY!!!
This Library is Beautiful! It is a great public service place for the people of Flushing and Queens in general. The staff are kind (for the most part). The Computers are OK (they arent THAT great because you need to stand) plus there is often a wait. Other than that it is OK I guess. My only complaints are that the Childrens section is VERY small and so is the TEEN section. They are practically microscopic as compared to the Library in Jamaica, NY. However there arent as many homeless people as Jamaica and there is a Starbucks nearby (and bubble tea :)JUST LIKE ALL QUEENS LIBRARIES THE WIFI IS VERY SLOW
Dirty bathrooms. Loud people. Annoying secruity guards that stare you down. Well, that is expected of a public facility. Otherwise, the library is OK.I just wish that the library would create and enforce a hygiene policy to prevent the spread of germs.It’s a very traumatic experience to be tightly packed with many others in a room with no air conditioning and there is someone with a very bad body odor.
This is a huge library with very good cooof books.. I love this place.. it is huge... it is clean and well maintained and the staff is kind, courteous and helpful..They have huge collection of books and also offers a very good seating area....I usually find lot of college kids hanging out there .. the checkout section is also good with number of lanes ... good staff and fast service..I visit this place for a peaceful reading experience.. nice place .. convenient location in a crowded neighborhood ....
Its a awesome place to read and relax a little.im able to study in quite and their are rooms and places for everyone.for example the childrens room and teens room.Their is a wide range of books.from study books to fun reading books. Queens library really is great place.
Children’s place, wild and I don’t know if it was meant to be that way, or it was suppose to be quiet. Books not very neat and tidy and quite pathetic. I found about 12 war books in the science section. Security is sh*t literally. My little toddler was sleeping, and literally told me to move while my child was sleeping and didn’t accept it. What? I bet that security was a child before and she slept in hell!! She thought she owned the universe and called the cops and over the phone the cops said” ITS A CHILD LET HIM SLEEP!” So the staff is a pain
This place is a disester. It has group of people singing Karaoke on the third floor near the reading area. Non stop talking of people in the quiet room from the job and business academy.Also A lack of space due of old people sleeping on the desk and table and you can hear them snoring from the other side!
This library is one of the busy in Queens. Clean, quiet n peaceful to do heavy study, they have all kinds of books from textbooks to novels and CDs. They are doing some renovation in the first floor so there is some noise. They have Wi-Fi but is slow, so I do my study at home.
Security kicked me out of the children’s play area with the house. Told me I couldn’t read with my daughter while all the other kids were running around like it’s a play area....um it’s a library not a park and we were reading...why was I kicked out for it while children run and scream and not read? I thought libraries were to promote reading, not get kicked out for it.
Location and facilities are superb, staff members are helpful, efficient and knowledgable. I only wish that there is better crowd control as I encountered a visitor who was high on weed and stank of it, reading nothing but the space in front of his red eyes. I was also disturbed by loud old men yakking and laughing away, and the occasional discreet food gobblers. Perhaps, more manpower needs to be dedicated to ensuring this beautiful library is only occupied by those who actually respect the peace and intellectual space it is meant for, and ensure people who want to eat, chat and smoke take their activities elsewhere.
Good security and management at this location, quiet and no eating,as compared to NYPL Chatham Square, with at least one security on everyfloor, each of them with walkie-talkie.There seems to be no BUMs or white [email protected] here.Also have very useful programs like Diversity Visa Lottery and NYC ID,better than Chatham Square and Seward Park.
The information desk stuff is awful. She is rude and really mean. I use an out state drive’s license to apply an library card and they told me they need an statement to prove me to live here over 3 month. What I’m apply? A credit card even don’t need that. Worst library that I ever seen in NYC.
A young chubby male librarian who tied his hair in a little ponytail sat in the helping center on the third floor on 05/25/2019 was SO RUDE AND MEAN ，I politely asked him if he has a scissor that I can use for a sec , he obviously sighed and passed me the scissor very impatiently. Just because I disturbed him while he was watching a video on Twitter ??? He also gave me attitude when I returned the scissor back, eh....How can this kind of person work in the library?? Really confused ...
Excellent big colllection. Its a nice library. Sometimes when there are events it is a big loud. Big collection of asian books. like comics. It also a great collection of dvds. If the book isnt there. you can always request it. Big. Crowded too. It is sometimes hard to get a seat after school
I dont like that youre not allowed to nap there. When you study alot you get the urge to nap. But these annoying security workers always wake you up. They make me so angry. I HATE when people disrupt my sleep, especially if i dont know you.Other libraries ive been to allow you to sleep. Unfortunately the most conveniently located library violates your physiological right to sleep.
This place is not a library, this place is full of people that come to take up the space that could be utilized by those who come to use it as a place of work, research and personal development. On Oct 3 found a spot to work on my resume update and about 30 mins later and Asian woman sat next to me with her cell phone and decided to watch a movie without headphones, after 20 mins she decided to talk on the phone . I asked her what was she doing? And she simply replied? What? Decided to bring it up security , when the security guard came and told her she needed to go to the corner or outside to talk, He left but she continued talking on her cell, went back to him now upset and asked him to come and take care of it. He came and spoke to her and he told me that she was talking low and that she could do it, when I heard this I asked him if the library was for people to come and seat and chat in the phone, I was raising my voice since he was not doing his job and was being understanding of her but not my needs. He asked me to calm down because I was disrupting the rest of the people otherwise he was going to ask me to leave. The woman paused for a second and the security supervisor said that she stopped, when both of them left she continued with her conversation for 20 more mins. This is a place for people(Asians mostly) to sleep , play games on they’re phones, rest from their shopping and eat. They occupy space designed for those who need to use thelibrary for reading or working . What a disaster!! The security is useless😠😡😡
Beautiful when first opened, it never had much seating to begin with (WHAT MORON puts up a whole new building offering barely more than what the old one-story library had???) and now theres even less due to spaces being cordoned off for various BS like WorkForce1, NYC ID, and some other low-wage McJobz-help nonsense (believe me, these organizations tend to help preciously few folks for the amount of resources, financial and otherwise, they consume), never made mind the useless Teen Room despite those kids being all over the rest of the library anyway...plus this is just another daytime homeless shelter-cum-videogame arcade-cum-after-school daycare-cum-adult daycare...the only place with more homeless hanging out and sleeping than here is the Central Branch in Jamaica!! And just one urinal and two toilets for male visitors in the entire multi-floored building -- gee, thats real Nobel-Prize level genius right there.... Well, at least the boys have got their own slightly larger kids-only restroom in the basement (which used to be available to all but I guess some pedophiles caused a change in policy), though of course they also use the adult one, too -- theres usually a line at least four deep reminiscent of ladies restrooms here!!!!! Also, theres forever some kind of years-long renovation, as with some other Queens library locations...excuse me but unless youre providing much more seating and book stacks, which are whats really needed, STOP WASTING MONEY (and seriously inconveniencing patrons) on redesigns for your corrupt crony contractor pals!!!!! Plus, like all QPL locations, WiFi connectivity can be spotty. Finally, this place has got the most obnoxious Quiet Room users anywhere aside from Central in Jamaica (where the savages think quiet means bee-bopping with headphones around their necks at full blast): the mostly Chinese folks will leave some books or notebooks behind for half an hour or more to eat lunch, then come back and continue to hog the seat!!!
This library open early at 9:00 & open Sunday great location at Main / KissanaGr level sitting relax style front of New arrival book shelf , children room , 2nd level media center , librarian counter, computer center , Periodically magazine, and large seating including quiet rm with power outlet and great fl to ceiling view of main St, 3rd level , workforce 1 career center , foreign language book & magazines , computer ,seatings bathroom, this level always very crowded basement, Auditorium always got interesting activities , adult learning center meetings room in general I like this library a lot they provide everything one look for here and great location in the center of everything , many good book and very modern style building
Very huge library. Got everything that a library should and more - books, newspapers , DVDs , music CDs , magazines . Free computer use for 1 hour daily. You can use your own laptop unlimited. You can also print and scan documents. Teen and children sections. Washrooms available. The library is open once again 7 days a week. On Sundays its open from 12 noon to 5 p.m..
The Queens area library of the New York Public Library is also a public library in the flushing area that symbolizes racial salad balls. The building is unique and novel, but the service provided by the library has a great environment for teaching English to immigrants! Guru King learning is the main focus, but the enthusiasm and enthusiasm of the students are overwhelming.There are more than 180 languages spoken in this area. Public libraries provide services to learn the common language, American English.In addition, the decoration of the window of the childrens room for children is also a handmade craft, revealing how important the library culture is.
The library is large, the environment is beautiful, quiet, and it is best for reading a book. It is a good place to cultivate your body and mind. There is a wide range of books, and there is always a book for you. Various languages are available for people to choose to read.
There are free computers. But you need to apply for a card, which is also free. Bring your ID and ID that can prove you. It seems that you still need something. I do n’t remember. I can only borrow five books within one month after the card is processed. Shao), after which you can borrow at least 20 copies! Provide printing, card holders use, up to 20 sheets per person per day Thats all right
Total reviews rating 4.2
199 Reviews for Queens Public Library at Flushing 2023:
The place was huge. When I went here, there was a decent amount of people but you couldn’t notice right away because there was so much space and everyone was spread across the whole building. Very kind staff. A lot of the reviews mention it being noisy but it was very quiet my whole 3 hours there.
Nice library there is ton of space where you can comfortably study or do your work. The only thing that bothers me is the annoying security guards
I recently learned that the library card expires every 5years.... I went from the old school blue and white card, to the orange one, and now this purple card. They have turned everything into this very self service process, which I dont mind. But for those that are tech challenged, this might be very daunting.The biggest pro for me at this location is their late hours and how big this place is. Ive seen how this building, this library has transformed through out the years and they have more services to offer now which is great. Workforce1 is now on the top floor to help people job hunt, and you can get your NYC ID done here too.Con: some of the staff clearly hates customer service or just their jobs but the guy on the second floor is much friendlier than the cranky old asian lady in the first floor lobby near the stairs.FYI: you can only print 20pages a day
Big location but main problem is they always have kids playing games on computers which suck when you need to use them for actual work.
The best library in NY. Very good working environment. All administration personnel extremelly respectful and helpful. Sometimes it s difficult to find a free place, but nobody will blame you even if you sit on the floor...
Thank you Amanda for your professional help!
Great place for reading materials. Now for more in depth review, okay, this library is huge, when compared to your local typical New York city libraries; not including the handful big midtown libraries in Manhattan. This queens flushing library has many foreign reading materials to accommodate many korean and Chinese readers.
It deserves more stars, but the library is quite noisy. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Book collections are great. However, there is a WorkForce 1 workplace on the third floor. Why are they taking up the library space? Their people just talk very loudly in the open area as if there’s nobody else around them. Come on! If the government really have to put them in the library, at least build a glass wall for the quietness. This is just basic mutual respect. The most basic function for a library is for people to read books and do research in peace. With this major function interrupted, its value is greatly discounted. I hope someone in charge can see my comment, and take my suggestion into consideration. It’s a good library, but it’s just too noisy.
I love this library, it looks fancier than the other Queens libraries. It’s in the middle of the commercial Flushing area, where the streets are always crowded day and night. There are many librarians and staff on deck to provide assistance. The bathrooms are clean and on the second floor and basement. There are plenty of lounge areas here and there, with a laid back feel. The architecture itself is sleek and modern with high ceilings and large glass windows. There are computers all over the 3 levels to use. The auditorium is in the basement and always has programs. I like the usefulness of this library: it’s serving a lot of people of all ages and needs. I wish all the libraries became like this.
More than a library, this is an important resource center for the surrounding area. It is a large, busy place with many on site programs/lectures, etc, for adults and for children. It is well run and maintained. In general most people are very respectful of each other. Exceptions float in and out throughout the day. The staff is courteous with a professional demeanor for the most part, but I did encounter an exception. Sitting at the main entrance, at the information desk was a worker. So I walked over, as I had a question and started to ask. However she quickly pointed to a sign out to lunch to 12pm - oh I said, realizing she was not about to help, and walked away. A better response would have been to have a sign or state where to go for help during this time.