Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

Central Library Renovation: Reader Engagement

by Michael Colford

Reader Services librarians will embrace their roots when Phase II is completed in the summer of 2016. The newest and most popular books will be placed toward the front of the Johnson building. Occupying the space formerly used for Borrower Services and the Boston Room, the new book area will be an area for browsing, admiring topical book displays, and chatting with librarians about what to read next. This traditional reader’s advisory service has always been challenging in the large Central Library, especially when it comes to forming one-on-one relationships that some readers look for. By utilizing the capabilities of the library catalog that enables both staff and the public to write reviews, make lists, and rate books, as well as the knowledge and voracious reading habits of the staff, engaging readers the way independent booksellers do to hand-sell books will be a popular and fun service.

Architects' rendering looking from within the new books area on the first floor of the Johnson building out toward Boylston Street,

Architects’ rendering looking from within the new books area on the first floor of the Johnson building out toward Boylston Street (to the right).

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