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.
Category Archives: Johnson Building Study
The date has been set for the opening of the renovated second floor of the Johnson building at Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. On Saturday, February 21, the residents of Boston and beyond will get their first look at the new second floor, which includes a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collection, reference services, and a community reading area.
The Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 21. Both the Boylston Street entrance and the Dartmouth Street entrance will be open. The celebratory ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is scheduled to attend.
With DVDs and music CDs still among the most borrowed collections in the library, a special space has been designed for them on the first floor of the Johnson building, next to the Borrower Services desk. Despite more and more content available as streaming or downloadable media, many patrons still check out the physical discs. A slightly raised platform between the check-out desk and Tech Central will hold the movies and music collections. In addition, viewing and listening stations will be set up for patrons who would like to preview media before they borrow it or see what is available digitally. This is Phase 2 work and will be complete in 2016.
The Central Library’s fiction collection will be a truly world-class collection. Running along the Exeter Street side of the first floor and the mezzanine, fiction in the Central Library will be arranged by genre. In addition to the general fiction, there will be a large section on the first floor devoted to mystery. A new stairway to the mezzanine will lead to sections for science fiction/fantasy, urban fiction, and graphic novels.
Lounge seating and table seating throughout the section will allow for leisurely perusal of selections to read or to chat with a friend about the latest book they are reading.
BPL artwork will find a home in the fiction section as well, with busts of authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, and Henry James on display.
Part of the phase two work taking place at the Central Library in Copley Square involves the removal of the granite screens that sat in front of the first-floor windows on Boylston Street and Exeter Street. The image below shows the exterior of the Johnson building without the screens. Some of the removed granite screens will be re-used in the project’s exterior paving plan. The silver fence in the foreground is the construction fence that surrounds the site. If you look closely, you can see a compact tractor exiting the former children’s room.
Below is a image from the library’s Flickr photostream that shows constructions workers on site outside the Johnson building in June 1972. The granite screens were in place in 1972.