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Central Library Renovation: Moves

Posted on November 4th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Audiobooks and DVDs are now located in the Orientation Room, which is on the first floor of the McKim building. Soon, new books — fiction and nonfiction — will also be located in the Orientation Room.IMG_0139_500

To find the Orientation Room (pictured above): Enter on Dartmouth Street and turn left before you reach the main staircase. The Orientation Room is ahead of you. Refer to the library’s map or speak to a staff member if you have any difficulty finding the Orientation Room.

Additional moves include: CDs to the Arts department (completed), which is on the third floor of the McKim building; and self pick-up of books on hold to the lower level of the McKim building (upcoming).

Central Library Renovation: November 17

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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NotificationBoylstonEntrance2_300The date has been set for the closing of the Boylston Street entrance to the Central Library in Copley Square. The Boylston Street entrance will close on Monday, November 17. This is a significant milestone in the renovation project. As of November 17, the public will enter the Central Library only via Dartmouth Street. Prior to that date, a ramp will be added to the Dartmouth Street entrance so that there is an accessible way to enter the Central Library.

There will be a significant amount of activity inside the Central Library on November 17 in addition to the closing of the Boylston Street entrance. Children’s services, teen services, and borrower services will begin their move to the McKim building that day. There will be a one-week period when the children’s and teens’ collection of books and computers are unavailable; that will be the week when these items are in transit. The nonfiction collection also moves in November. There will be a two-week period when nonfiction books — other than the newest titles — will be unavailable. Once the move is complete, older nonfiction books will be available as a reserve or hold, or through paging by library staff until the renovated second floor opens (expected in March 2015).

Central Library Renovation: Upcoming Moves

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Collections are movingAnother set of moves related to the Central Library renovation takes place at the end of the month (October 2014). Additional portions of the circulating collection will be relocated from the Johnson building to the McKim building as phase two of the project truly gets underway. Phase two involves work on the Johnson building’s lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and exterior.

As always, the overall schedule and sequence is subject to change, but below is the next group of materials scheduled to move. It may be helpful to refer to the library’s current building directory while reviewing the information below. And, as always, if you are in the Central Library and are in need of assistance, you can speak to a staff member. You will see blue banners, like the one pictured at the right, near any section of the library where collections are in transit.

Coming up:

  • CDs are moving to the Arts department.
  • DVDs and Audiobooks are moving to the Orientation Room.
  • New books are moving to the Orientation Room.
  • Self pick-up of holds are moving to the McKim lower level.

There will also be collections and services moving in November along with the previously noted closing of the Boylston Street entrance. Prior to that, a ramp will be added to the Dartmouth Street entrance so that there is an accessible way to enter the Central Library.

Children’s services, teen services, and borrower services move to the McKim building in November. There will be a one-week period when the children’s and teens’ collection of books and computers are unavailable. The nonfiction collection also moves in November. There will be a two-week period when nonfiction books — other than our newest titles — will be unavailable. Once the move is complete, older nonfiction books will be available as a reserve or hold, or through paging by library staff until the renovated second floor opens (expected in March 2015).

Please continue to visit this blog and speak with library staff members for additional information. All of us greatly appreciate everyone’s continued patience during this transitional time.

Central Library Renovation: Roundtable on October 21

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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RenovationRoundation10.21Just a reminder to join a roundtable discussion about the Central Library renovation on Tuesday, October 21, 6 p.m. in the Guastavino Room. View the architects’ three-dimensional model of the in-progress renovation and speak with library staff members about future service plans.

Phase 1 of the renovation — taking place right now on the second floor of the Johnson building — is scheduled to be complete in March 2015 and phase 2 is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2016. Ongoing updates on project progress are available this this blog.

Download and share the PDF flyer about the meeting. If you are not able to join the October roundtable, you are welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to compass@bpl.org with your ideas.

Central Library Renovation: You asked. We’re answering.

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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The library receives a great many questions and suggestions through a variety of channels, including our classic suggestion boxes near the entrances to the Central Library. We also collected for many months questions and requests about the Central Library renovation via a display in the Johnson building. Here we bring you an updated summary of some of the most often asked questions about what is to come. Thank you to everyone who has written, called, and commented.

More bike racks! Please!

You got it. The renovated exterior of the Johnson building will feature four times as many bicycle parking spaces than is currently allotted. Currently there are 8 bike racks, holding 16 bikes. After the renovation, there will be 36 bike racks available, able to accommodate 72 bikes.

Power, Outlets – Will you be adding more places to plug in phones and laptops?

Absolutely. This was one of the most-requested things even before the renovation project got started. There will be a significant increase in power available in the Johnson building. We will be adding outlets and running power to specific furnishings so that individual devices can be charged from variety of locations.

Furnishings – Are there plans for more individual work tables? What about comfortable seating?

Yes. The first phase of construction calls for new, durable seating around the second-floor atrium and a large grouping of chair and table options within the nonfiction collection (also on the second floor). The chairs will be a mix of upholstered and non-upholstered options.

Restrooms – Will you add more bathrooms, please?

We certainly will. The first phase of construction includes new bathrooms on the second floor and in the children’s library. Later phases include new bathrooms on the first floor.

Sidewalk – Why not replace the brick sidewalk with something safer?

That is a terrific idea and is included in later phases of the project. The exterior of the Johnson building is landmarked so we are in careful consultant with the Landmarks Commission about the look and feel of any new landscaping. An accessible entrance is a priority.

As always, please feel free to share your ideas by commenting on this blog, sending an email to compass@bpl.org, or mailing a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.