Jan. 30, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The Woodside Library is set to reopen this Saturday after shutting down for several weeks due to emergency floor repairs and exposed asbestos tiles at the site.
The library at 54-22 Skillman Ave. will open on Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. after undergoing work to replace the asbestos floor tiles under the library’s carpeting. The tiles were inadvertently exposed after the carpet tiles above went through a cleaning early January.
Air quality tests taken at the library after the tiles were exposed came back with negative results with respect to asbestos. The library closed on Jan. 3, however, as a safety precaution.
Repair work began on Jan. 25, according to Queens Library spokesperson Elisabeth de Bourbon, after the library developed a time frame and cost estimate for the repairs. The repairs are expected to take a week to complete, and will be followed by a precautionary air quality testing, de Bourbon said.
The mobile library bus dispatched to Roosevelt Avenue near the Woodside Library since Jan. 17 will continue to provide library service on Wednesday, January 31 and Friday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The repairs cost less than $10,000, the Queens Library said.