Strategic Planning

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Second Floor Collections: Johnson Building Improvement Project

by Laura Irmscher

Redesigning the layout of the adult collections on the second floor in the Johnson Building will make the collections much more accessible and inviting to library users. The first phase of the Johnson Building Improvement Project calls for the fiction collection that is currently on the first floor to move up to the second floor and join the nonfiction collection.  A key part of the new layout will be grouping the adult collection into 5-6 themed zones on lower shelving in some areas to reduce the tunnel experience created by high stacks. Integrating better seating options and more display areas will create a more pleasant browsing experience.

The possible themed collections may include:

• Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
• History
• Politics and Law
• Education
• Literature and Fiction
• Science and Health

These collection groups vary in size, but each has a cohesive themed display to define its zone.

The images below show the possible layout for the adult fiction and nonfiction collections.  Your responses and suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to comment directly on this blog, send an email to, or send a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.

Second Floor Collections Map

Second Floor Collections Chart


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