The institution has built the city’s largest collection of musical scores available to check out — a compilation that’s gained importance since the Frank Music Company, on West 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, closed earlier this month.
“We have everything,” said Jane Montalto, 66, a librarian with a master’s degree in music from Queens College who has managed the collection for more than two decades.
When Montalto first started working at the Queens Library in 1972, she said the collection, stored at the Central Branch in Jamaica, consisted of about 600 volumes.
But it grew over the years and currently boasts about 88,000 items, taking up the entire wall in the branch’s Media Center and dozens of shelves on the library’s lower level.
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