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Queens Library at Broadway reopens after $2.6M revamp

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The Queens Library’s Broadway branch in Astoria reopened in late July following a $2.6 million renovation, which included new facilities for teenagers, an elevator and technology that will allow visitors to check themselves out, a spokeswoman for the library said.

The library, at 40-20 Broadway in Astoria, fully reopened to the public on July 28 after its second floor had been closed since the end of the 2008 for construction.

The upgraded site now includes a renovated facade on the building’s exterior, new furniture, additional computers in its adult reading section, a new elevator, technology that will allow library visitors to check out books and a new teen area that features computers, college application assistance and books geared toward young adults.

The total cost of renovation to the library is estimated at $2.6 million, a library spokeswoman said.

Money for the improvements was allocated by City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth).

— Nathan Duke

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