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Central Library Renovation: Next Set of Moves

by Michael Colford

bpl retractable banners_300pxThe next round of moves related to the Central Library renovation begins in earnest this month. This round of moves is to accommodate ceiling work in the Johnson Building necessary to complete as part of the renovation of the second floor. Large sections on the first floor of the Johnson Building will cleared in order to conduct this work.

As always, this schedule and sequence is subject to change, but below are some key highlights. It may be helpful to refer to the library’s current building directory (which will be updated over the summer) while reviewing the information below:

  • Fiction, large print, romance, and world language collections will move to McKim Conference Rooms A and B, which are on the lower level of the McKim Building.
  • Teen services will move to the Boston Room, which is on the first floor of the Johnson Building.
  • Tech Central will move into the Washington and Elliott Rooms, which are on the second floor of the McKim Building.
  • New microtext readers will be installed in Bates Hall, and the existing Boylston Room service point will be shared by the following teams: Reference & Readers Advisory, Social Sciences/Government Information, and Microtext.
  • By the end of June, DeFerrari Hall, the center atrium on the first floor of the Johnson Building, will be closed in order to accommodate railing work on the stairs. This means that the Johnson elevators will be the only public route to reach Human Resources and the lower level of the Johnson Building. The closing of DeFerarri Hall also marks the end of public access to the mezzanine level of the Johnson Building.
  • The Johnson information desk function will move out into the Johnson lobby when DeFerrari Hall is closed.

During the summer, preparations will be made for the next round of moves in conjunction with Phase 2 of the Central Library renovation, which is subject to City Council’s vote on the Mayor’s recommended FY15 budget. At that point, Kirstein Business Library and the Tech Classroom will be relocated from the Johnson lower level so that Phase 2 construction can begin in that area.

In early 2015, the nonfiction collection along with children’s and teen services will begin the move to the renovated second floor of Johnson in preparation for a March 2015 opening of the Johnson second floor.

Pending City Council’s approval of the Mayor’s recommended FY15 budget, Phase 2 work on the Central Library renovation would take place during the second half of 2014 and all of 2015, with an estimated completion date for the whole project in the summer of 2016.

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