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Woodside Library Closed Until Further Notice to Remove Asbestos Tiles Exposed After Carpet Curling

Woodside Library

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.

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16 Comments

Lauren

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.




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Anonymous

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…..




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Dennissc

Queens Library says the 24 hour book return is closed. The closest branches are Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Broadway




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Anonymous

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 –




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Jason

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.




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Hzappo

What do you expect look ,what’s happening in housing with lead paint did you expect anything different.




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Anonymous

You are here: Home / Queens Library Trio Closes for Ten-Week Renovation
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.
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Anonymous

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
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JM

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.




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Anonymous

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 –




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