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Moves Begin: Johnson Building Improvement Project

by Mary Frances O'Brien

As we shared in our last timetable update, preparation for the construction and renovation is actively underway. Here are some specifics:

  • Thursday, October 10: The reference desk on the second floor of the Johnson Building will relocate to the Boylston Room on the second floor of the McKim Building.
  • Tuesday, October 15: The second floor of the Johnson Building will be closed beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 15: The Microtext desk will move to the Washington Room on the second floor of the McKim Building and be closed to the public for that day. Microtext service will resume on October 16.
  • Week of October 15: The move of second-floor materials to the first floor will begin.

The entire move is expected to take 5-6 weeks and portions of the collection may be temporarily unavailable during some of that time. Once books are on the first floor, they will be fully browsable. In the meantime, we encourage Central Library patrons to make book requests via the library’s catalog, which will give library staff time time to pull books from second-floor shelves.

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