New York City is going through a heat wave, and Queens Public Library is here to help with special hours of operation this weekend!

Eighteen QPL locations will be open on Sunday, July 21 from 12 pm to 5 pm to serve as NYC cooling centers. (This includes the three branches regularly open for Sunday service and 15 branches with special hours due to the heat emergency.)

Cooling centers are places where you can enjoy free air conditioning during dangerous heat conditions.

Additionally, QPL has partnered with Lyft to provide free rides for people traveling to and from three library branches serving as cooling centers. Customers can travel to and from our Arverne, Corona, and Rochdale Village branches during their hours of operation between now and July 21. Rides can be accessed using the code NYCCOOL19. The code is valid for two rides, up to $15 each.

If you need a cool place to visit this Sunday, stop by one of the branches below to pick up a great book, use a computer, and more—and stay for the air conditioning!

Queens Public Library Locations Open Sunday, July 21 from 12PM to 5PM

Arverne Library
312 Beach 54 Street

Astoria Library
14-01 Astoria Boulevard

Bayside Library
214-20 Northern Boulevard

Bellerose Library
250-06 Hillside Avenue

Broadway Library
40-20 Broadway, Astoria

Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Corona Library
38-23 104 Street

Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street

Hollis Library
202-05 Hillside Avenue

Howard Beach Library
92-06 156 Avenue

Jackson Heights Library
35-51 81 Street

Kew Gardens Hills Library
72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing

Long Island City Library
37-44 21 Street

North Forest Park Library
98-27 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills

Richmond Hill Library
118-14 Hillside Avenue

Ridgewood Library
20-12 Madison Street

Rochdale Village Library
169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica

St. Albans Library
191-05 Linden Boulevard

Thank you to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration, NYC Emergency Management, and our staff for helping us stay open at these branches to serve our community.

If you need to find another Cooling Center closer to you, please call 311 or visit