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Central Library Renovation: Upcoming Moves

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Collections are movingAnother set of moves related to the Central Library renovation takes place at the end of the month (October 2014). Additional portions of the circulating collection will be relocated from the Johnson building to the McKim building as phase two of the project truly gets underway. Phase two involves work on the Johnson building’s lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and exterior.

As always, the overall schedule and sequence is subject to change, but below is the next group of materials scheduled to move. It may be helpful to refer to the library’s current building directory while reviewing the information below. And, as always, if you are in the Central Library and are in need of assistance, you can speak to a staff member. You will see blue banners, like the one pictured at the right, near any section of the library where collections are in transit.

Coming up:

  • CDs are moving to the Arts department.
  • DVDs and Audiobooks are moving to the Orientation Room.
  • New books are moving to the Orientation Room.
  • Self pick-up of holds are moving to the McKim lower level.

There will also be collections and services moving in November along with the previously noted closing of the Boylston Street entrance. Prior to that, a ramp will be added to the Dartmouth Street entrance so that there is an accessible way to enter the Central Library.

Children’s services, teen services, and borrower services move to the McKim building in November. There will be a one-week period when the children’s and teens’ collection of books and computers are unavailable. The nonfiction collection also moves in November. There will be a two-week period when nonfiction books — other than our newest titles — will be unavailable. Once the move is complete, older nonfiction books will be available as a reserve or hold, or through paging by library staff until the renovated second floor opens (expected in March 2015).

Please continue to visit this blog and speak with library staff members for additional information. All of us greatly appreciate everyone’s continued patience during this transitional time.

Strategic Plan Implementation: Sustainable Organization

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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bpl-compass-report-cover-200One of the ways the BPL fulfills the Sustainable Organization principle and the accompanying outcome “Evaluate business practices and workflow to optimize efficiency” is through streamlining workflow in the collections, technology, and resource sharing areas. With the migration to a new integrated library system and the gradual expansion of the Digital Services operations, many workflows have changed over the past few years. With the anticipated opening of the Archival Center to the public, workflows will adjust once more. Some, but not all, of the efficiencies achieved are the result of new technology. Thorough training and hands-on experience have enabled staff members to learn to complete complicated tasks quickly and efficiently.

Faneuil Branch Programming Study Launch

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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Vintage image of Faneuil BranchOn September 11, 2014, BPL staff, City of Boston Property and Construction Management staff, and Tappe Architects met with about 30 community members to launch the programming study for the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library.

A programming study is the first step in determining branch improvements and includes a detailed analysis of collections, technology, seating, staff spaces, and mechanical needs.

Find additional information on the branch capital projects page here such as meeting notes copies of the presentations.

Central Library Renovation: Roundtable on October 21

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

RenovationRoundation10.21Just a reminder to join a roundtable discussion about the Central Library renovation on Tuesday, October 21, 6 p.m. in the Guastavino Room. View the architects’ three-dimensional model of the in-progress renovation and speak with library staff members about future service plans.

Phase 1 of the renovation — taking place right now on the second floor of the Johnson building — is scheduled to be complete in March 2015 and phase 2 is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2016. Ongoing updates on project progress are available this this blog.

Download and share the PDF flyer about the meeting. If you are not able to join the October roundtable, you are welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to with your ideas.

Strategic Plan Implementation: Special Collections

Posted on October 16th, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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bpl-compass-report-cover-200One of the ways the BPL fulfills the Special Collections principle and the accompanying outcome “Special collections will be discoverable by users in buildings and online” is through consolidating and moving off-site storage space to the City of Boston Archival Center, and adding public access. Library operations at the City of Boston Archival Center in West Roxbury are getting close to being open for public service. All the materials that were previously at the Charlestown service building and in the Norwood facility are now at the Archival Center. Well over one million of those items have been completely cleaned and already shelved on the high-density shelves, and in the near future the rest of those materials will be shelved. In addition to the materials that were formerly in the Charleston and Norwood buildings, tens of thousands materials that were previously housed at the Central Library have also been transferred to the Archival Center. While it will take some time to clean, accession, and shelve all those items, the goal is to process them as quickly as possible.