In April 1969, the Langston Hughes Library opened, as a federally funded special project of the Queens Library, conceived an operated by the LAC. From 1968 through 1987, Langston Hughes was funded through the Library Services and Construction Act, Title 1, to the Queens Library throughh the New York State Education Department.
The LAC Board of Directors negotiated a Letter of Agreement with the Board of Trustees of the Queens Public Library dated October 1987, granting the Library Center branch status, outlining the role of the LAC, and creating a working partnership between the Corona-East Elmhurst community and Queens Library.
Ground breaking for the new Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center was held in May 1997. The new Library opened November 9, 1999
In 2009, the Langston Hughes Library celebrated its 40th anniversary.