Looks like Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on the public libraries’ websites, or else they’ve been temporarily shutdown to minimize damage from the hurricane. Some items to note:
Per Brooklyn Public Library’s Facebook fan page, for today 11/1/12: Most Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) locations, including Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, will be open from 10 AM – 5 PM today, Thursday, November 1. The following branches will NOT be open this week: Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Flatlands, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Jamaica Bay, Kensington, McKinley Park, Red Hook and Sheepshead Bay. Fines will not accrue at this time.
Most Queens Library branches will resume their normal schedules on Friday, November 2., but branches in low-lying areas (Arverne, Broad Channel, Peninsula and Seaside) will remain closed, temporarily, while extensive repairs are made. Fines and fees will be waived from October 29 through November 5, 2012.
New York Public Library remains closed today, 11/1/12. Per their website: “The New York Public Library has sustained virtually no structural damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy; any minor damage was repaired very quickly by the Library’s Facilities team. As a result, 62 branches (including six that are not open on Nov. 1) will be open on November 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are proud that we can open our doors and serve the various needs of New Yorkers, but please note, due to power outages, services will vary location to location. For example, patrons may not be able to check out items or pick up holds.” Contact ASK-NYPL for more information.