Boston Public Library
Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

Johnson Building Improvement Project: Enhanced Teen Area

by Gina Perille

The same Compass Principle guiding the children’s library also guides the Boston Public Library to offer a slate of services that provide academic support and intellectual growth for teens. The goal is to create a best-in-class library for teens to advance these efforts.

The teen room could remain where it currently is on the mezzanine level of the Johnson Building. The space could be redesigned to allow for collaborative work, enhanced and expanded technology, a refreshed collection, and updated furnishings. In addition, the current Mezzanine Conference Room could be renovated to become the teen programming room. A review of current teen programs would inform the needs of this space which could include new furniture, carpeting, paint, and a media creation booth.

A successful teen area would include:

  • Book collections that respond to the educational and entertainment needs of Boston’s teens
  • Comfortable, bright, furniture for lounging and studying
  • Enhanced technology offerings
  • Quiet study rooms for young people to gather in small groups to do homework or work on projects
  • Staff work space in the public area as well as an office space
  • Static and/or electronic display boards
  • Wayfinding and signage
  • Other services identified by teens.

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