Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

Enterprise Program: Johnson Building Improvement Project

by Eamon Shelton

One of the goals of the Johnson Building Improvement Project is to explore taking underutilized space and study the viability of an appropriate enterprise or commercial project which would create a positive financial impact for Boston Public Library (BPL), while further enlivening part of the library and creating a draw for new library user audiences, especially at the streetscape level.  During the Conceptual Master Planning process several ideas for optimizing existing spaces and identifying potential enterprise uses were explored.  The major options that emerged were a conference/innovation/or training lab space on the concourse level as well as mission-compatible retail and/or café space on the first floor.  These concepts which were first introduced here and here will continue to be refined through the design phase of the project.  In parallel to the conceptual master plan development, a market research and professional analysis project regarding such uses is being conducted, which will also be used to help finalize functional use and design decisions.

The images below show possible concepts, layouts and locations for the Enterprise Program.  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




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