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The Queens Public Library (QPL), also known as the Queens Borough Public Library and Queens Library (QL), is the public library for the borough of Queens, and one of three public library systems serving New York City. It is one of the largest library systems in the world by circulation, having loaned 13.5 million items in the 2015 fiscal year, and one of the largest in the country in terms of the size of its collection. According to its website, the library holds about 7.5 million items.

It consists of 65 locations, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology center, two universal pre-kindergartens, and two teen centers. Here I show the Library at Hunters Point.

Hunters Point Library is a six-storey building by local firm Steven Holl Architects in Hunter's Point, Queens. It is on a waterfront site along the East River, with expansive views of Midtown Manhattan.

The library comprises a simple rectangular form built from a cast-in concrete that is painted with aluminium for a silvery finish. It featuring large irregular windows that offer views of the waterfront and Manhattan. Hunters Point Library spans 22,000 square feet (2,044 square metres) and is complete with a rooftop patio and a public park. Inside, floors contain a series of different reading rooms and spaces tailored to adults, children and teenagers.

The building was projected by Steven Holl (design architect, principal) and Chris McVoy (senior partner in charge).

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