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WiFi Sign of the Times as New Yorkers Gather Outside Libraries for Free Internet

The pandemic shut branches for months. But thousands without access are going and logging in daily to go online for some outdoor computer and phone time.

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Library Grab-and-Go (and Quarantine) Grows as New Yorkers Prove Hungry for Books

NYC’s three library systems are gearing up to reopen more branches for limited service, even as all returned items are sequestered for 96 hours.

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NYC Public Libraries Mull Grab-and-Go Book Pickup Service

Meanwhile, e-book purchases grow as officials serve readers’ immediate needs while preparing for a technological transformation hastened by pandemic.

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NYC Cultural Institutions Preserve Pandemic Memories in Real Time

Libraries, universities and historical societies are doing the early anthropology and archaeology of the coronavirus era via oral histories and more.

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The Open Newsroom Is Back — Virtually. We’ve Got a Lot to Talk About…

Join THE CITY for a Zoom-powered discussion about coronavirus on Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m. ET. Help us make local news more collaborative.

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City Reveals $40 Million Plan of Attack on 2020 Census

The effort will rely on outreach to traditionally undercounted communities with Congressional representation and federal funding at stake.

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LIC Library Reveals Looming Shut-Down Date, With No New Home

Popular branch in Citigroup Tower once eyed by Amazon will close a year after the tech giant cancelled its Long Island City deal.

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LIC Luxury Tower Leaves Behind People with Disabilities, Lawsuit Alleges

The federal discrimination suit against the Queens building marks the latest legal action stemming from the past decade’s development boom.

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Proposal for ‘5Pointz Towers’ Library May Have Sad Ending

Queens library officials signal interest in community board’s 11th-hour demand, but the developer of the old graffiti art site isn’t on the same page.

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Neverending Story: Brooklyn Library Revamp Drags 14 Years

Patrons at the Rugby branch are relegated to a trailer and frustrations rise over the city’s longest ongoing library renovation project.

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The Open Newsroom’s Second Round Is Coming. Sign Up Now

Our year-long project with Brooklyn Public Library to explore how to make local news more collaborative returns with new meet-ups in August.

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How Can News Better Serve You? Join The Open Newsroom

THE CITY and the Brooklyn Public Library are teaming for a year of community meetings to explore how to make local news and info more collaborative.

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Libraries Face Nearly $900 Million Shortfall to Fix Aging Buildings

Problems at the city’s 220 branches range from leaky roofs to broken heaters. Library officials struggle on priorities as patrons feel the brunt.

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Library in Queens Tower Amazon Coveted Won’t Get Shelved Yet — Lease Extended

The Citigroup Building’s owners won’t kick out the library this summer, giving the Long Island City branch until March to find permanent new digs.

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With Amazon Gone, Queens Building’s Owners May Boot Local Library Branch

After 30 years in Long Island City’s Citigroup Building, beloved Court Square library branch is reading into an uncertain future.