Jan. 10, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The Woodside Library has closed to undergo emergency floor repairs related to exposed asbestos tiles at the site.
A spokesperson for the library system said the problems at the Woodside branch, located at 54-22 Skillman Ave., have to do with the carpet tiles on the floor curling up after undergoing a cleaning recently. The curled carpet tiles, in turn, have exposed asbestos tiles underneath them.
“The asbestos tiles must be removed before the flooring is replaced,” the Queens Library spokesperson said.
The Queens Library added that they are figuring out a time frame and cost estimate for the repair work. An assessment will determine when the library will reopen, they said.
The library system said they will be able to make a decision on providing mobile library service once the time frame for the floor replacement becomes clear.
The Woodside Library has been closed since Jan. 3, according to e-mail notifications.
Asbestos tiles are safe unless they are cracked. It’s likely that they were in good condition during the last renovations, and cracked in the interim. There would have been no reason to go to the expense of removing them then.
The workers are doing as best os they can
Is there a place to deposit books and materials for return? I walked by last night and there was pile of library books and other items on the outside stairs. I’m guessing the book drop is full…..
Queens Library says the 24 hour book return is closed. The closest branches are Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Broadway
Jimmy Van Bramer should have a sign on the library as to where everyone can drop off books so now people will probably be taking them – so sad –
how come there is no mobile bus there at the library for drop-offs
Damn, I thought the closing had to do with the snow storm wrecking part of the building. If they’re to be closed anyway, they should fix the leaks that happens every time it rains as well.
What do you expect look ,what’s happening in housing with lead paint did you expect anything different.
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Queens Library Trio Closes for Ten-Week Renovation
By Library Journal Archive Content on May 24, 2006
By LJ Staff
The Queens Borough Public Library’s, NY, Jackson Heights, Woodside, and Maspeth branches are closing for a ten-week makeover beginning this month. Regular patrons may not recognize the facilities when they reopen, as each will undergo significant renovations to upgrade the décor and supersize the technology offerings, most notably an RFID system that has been installed at two other branches, library spokesperson Joanne King told the Queens Chronicle. The Jackson Heights facility also will sport a new young adult area, additional computers, and a combination of 4400 new book and multimedia titles. Maspeth will beef up its catalog with 2200 new titles and also is installing a self-check system, a YA area, and wireless net access. Woodside also is going wireless and enlarging its computer area. The library will supply bookmobile service to the neighborhoods during the construction.
You mean to tell me that based on the age of the building when this library was built circa 1950’s they did not check for asbestos prior to the renovations? So now they have to perform the abatement and again renovate the library. This is a waste of time and money and would not have occurred if the library was tested for asbestos from the
They could have known it was there and left it in place. Lots of buildings (and apartments/houses) in the city have asbestos floor tile which is left in place and managed if in good condition (other times it is buried under additional layers of tile, or just covered with carpet). Any time you see 9″ x 9″ vinyl tile, it is almost certainly asbestos-containing. It is when it is damaged or worn and fibres can become airborne that the problem arises.
didn’t they just modernize this library –
this library was modernized in 2006 and that is a fact –
this is going to be a MAJOR PROJECT called an “Abatement” — they have to adhere to all of the city rules with this – if the city itself enforces all the legal rules with this you need licensed asbestos contractors and air monitoring. You will be lucky if the library opens by March –
Who can do asbestos work?
Workers or contractors who disturb ACM in any way must be certified and licensed according to New
York State law, as regulated by the Department of Labor. There are 9 types of certifications:
• Asbestos Handler
• Restricted Asbestos Handler
• Air Sampling Technician
• Management Planner
To be certified
by the Department of Labor
, asbestos workers or supervisors must complete training
courses approved by the New York State Department of Health. In these courses, they learn to follow
the required safety procedures to ensure that asbestos fibers are not released into the air
must also comply with notice and record keeping requirements.
Questions about asbestos abatement training and health-related issues should be directed to the New
York State Department of Health, Center for Environmental Health, Bureau of Occupation Health and
Injury Prevention at (518) 402-7900.
IT SEEMS NO WORK IS BEING DONE IN THIS LIBRARY AT ALL — MR. JVB WHAT IS GOING ON AND HOW COME NO PRESS CONFERENCE REGARDING THIS —