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Updated Display in Atrium: Johnson Building Improvement Project

by Gina Perille

The display in the atrium section of the Johnson Building — known as Deferrari Hall — was recently updated. Thank you to those who have been adding comments and questions to the interactive boards throughout the spring and fall.


The boards feature updated floor plans for the first phase of construction which will begin in December. The second floor of the Johnson Building will have a new children’s library and teen room as well as updated collections and reference services. Also on the boards is a section titled “You Asked. We’re Answering.” with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions so far received from the public.

The library continues to collect comments and questions via the interactive display. In addition, there is roundtable discussion about the first phase of construction on Thursday, November 14. If you are not able to visit the Central Library this fall or attend the roundtable, please feel free to share your ideas by commenting on this blog, sending an email to, or mailing a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.

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One Response to “Updated Display in Atrium: Johnson Building Improvement Project”

  1. Don Warner Saklad says:

    The building project could be part of an overall program including staff development. Design the building for librarians to get out from behind their desks offering services to library users. Wireless telecommunications equipment available to librarians that allow library services throughout the buildings in addition to the usual counters/desks . Develop a better customers services attitude that’s more welcoming than the current formalities. Design the building to make how the library works more transparent and bolster interest/appreciation of the work of our Boston Public Library. Signs, shelf labels, directional information, floor by floor directories, better maps than the current bland map can be designed by student programs at design schools. For example prescription containers from Target Pharmacy are an art student design. Museum School, Massachusetts College of Art, MIT Architecture Department, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, etc. Consider the savings over established professionals. Consider the innovative designs that would be submitted for consideration. Our public library could be a learning library as opposed to a museum. Establish an on site library and information studies program for folks to pursue careers in public libraries.