Strategic Planning

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Central Library Renovation: New Carpet and Paint

by awilliams

New carpet is being installed on the Johnson building first floor, orange paint lines the mezzanine

New carpet is being installed on the Johnson building first floor, orange paint lines the mezzanine

Orange carpet is being installed on the Johnson building mezzanine level

Orange carpet is being installed on the Johnson building mezzanine level

The installation of bright orange carpet and paint add a jolt of energy to the Johnson building’s mezzanine level, part of the second phase of the Central Library Renovation. The space that is being transformed, will house the BPL’s new Community Learning Center conference rooms and classroom, and the World Languages and Fiction collections. The mezzanine shares the vibrant color pallet first introduced on the Johnson building’s second floor during the first phase of the renovation, and draws on the historic McKim building’s paintings and murals. In addition, carpet installation is underway on the Johnson building’s first floor in the areas that will house Fiction and Tech Central, the free computer area. The renovation makes room for 40 more computers for public use, totaling 104 available computers.

Opening in summer 2016, the second phase renovation of the Boston Public Library’s Johnson building in Copley Square will be on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library. Totaling approximately 110,000 square feet, the second phase renovation includes updates to the lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior.

The first phase of the renovation, which opened in February 2015, includes a colorful Children’s Library with books and media, early literacy and story time space, a tween corner, and flexible program space; Teen Central, a distinctive and media-friendly space with books, digital lab, media lounge, a dedicated quiet zone, and homework and hangout booths; refreshed and reorganized nonfiction collections and reference services; and an adult reading area and workspace for individuals and groups.