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Central Library Renovation – 2nd floor now open

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services

The ribbon cutting for the renovated second floor of the Johnson building took place this past Saturday, February 21, as Mayor Walsh, President Ryan, and  library users celebrated the completion of the first phase of the 
Central Library Renovation. The new second floor features a new Children’s Library, Teen Central, nonfiction collection, reference services, and a community reading area. A key feature in the Children’s Library is an early literacy space for the youngest learners, with a sensory learning wall intended to help children explore the world around them as they grow. In addition to collections for learners of all ages, other features include a story time space, technology and computer area, and a tween nook. Teen Central offers a game lounge, digital lab, diner-style booths for group work, quiet study space, and of course, teen collections. On opening weekend, over 3,500 kids and teens visited the new Children’s Library and Teen Central. Phase two of the renovation, to be complete in the summer of 2016, includes improvements to the exterior, first floor, mezzanine, and lower level. Follow project progress via the Compass blog.IMG_5973


5th Community Meeting scheduled to discuss Jamaica Plain renovations

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

The 5th community meeting in the design process for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will be held on March 25th at 6pm. Join the architects from Utile, Inc. BPL staff, and City of Boston project managers to hear the latest on the project.  The meeting will begin at 6pm at the branch at 12 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain. If you’re not able to come to the meeting, follow progress hereIMG_8594 copy

Central Library Renovation: Updated Fact Sheet

Posted on February 4th, 2015 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Download and share a copy of the library’s updated Central Library renovation fact sheet (updated 01.2015). On the fact sheet, find information on the project goals, master plan process, construction phases, timeline, and budget. The fact sheet was recently revised to show that the second floor of the Johnson building will open in February.


PDF document, two pages (2.5 MB)

The library continues to post updates on project progress via this blog. Click here for all posts related to the Central Library renovation.

Central Library Renovation: Youth Services

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by admin in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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calendarAs noted on the library’s homepage and calendar: services, programs, and collections for children and teens will be temporarily unavailable at the Central Library in Copley Square from Monday, February 9, through Saturday, February 14, while the teams staffing the Children’s Library and Teen Central move to their new locations on the second floor of the Johnson building. Additionally, the Central Library in Copley Square will be closed on Sunday, February 15, and Monday, February 16, in observance of Presidents Day.


Central Library Renovation: Reader Engagement

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Michael Colford in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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Reader Services librarians will embrace their roots when Phase II is completed in the summer of 2016. The newest and most popular books will be placed toward the front of the Johnson building. Occupying the space formerly used for Borrower Services and the Boston Room, the new book area will be an area for browsing, admiring topical book displays, and chatting with librarians about what to read next. This traditional reader’s advisory service has always been challenging in the large Central Library, especially when it comes to forming one-on-one relationships that some readers look for. By utilizing the capabilities of the library catalog that enables both staff and the public to write reviews, make lists, and rate books, as well as the knowledge and voracious reading habits of the staff, engaging readers the way independent booksellers do to hand-sell books will be a popular and fun service.

Architects' rendering looking from within the new books area on the first floor of the Johnson building out toward Boylston Street,

Architects’ rendering looking from within the new books area on the first floor of the Johnson building out toward Boylston Street (to the right).