Posted on January 9th, 2015 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, exterior
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.
Posted on January 7th, 2015 by Beth Prindle in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: arts, Back Bay, Copley Square, culture, exhibition, gallery, Special Collections
A new, customized gallery space — illustrated above — is planned on the first floor of the renovated Johnson building for when renovations are complete in the summer of 2016. The gallery is going to be designed to accommodate the preservation and display needs for special collections exhibitions in an easily accessible, high-traffic public space. The gallery will include four custom built-in walls of cases totaling nearly 80 linear feet of display space. Special features of the new gallery include:
- museum-grade, fixed air exchange systems for preservation of sensitive materials
- integrated adjustable lighting
- high-level security features
- modular shelving and hanging systems to accommodate a broad variety of objects and display needs
- easily customizable and interchangeable graphics system.
The space will feature a series of themed special collections exhibitions. Content will be rotated throughout the year, with each rotation featuring 15-30 items from the library’s extraordinary holdings. Displayed items may include prints, photographs, maps, rare books, manuscripts, paintings, architectural drawings, artifacts, and other items from the library’s collections.
Posted on January 5th, 2015 by admin in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, computers, Copley Square, Tech Central, Technology
One of the Central Library’s most popular services, the free computer area known as Tech Central, will reopen on the first floor of the Johnson building when the renovations are compete in the summer of 2016. The location will make it easier for patrons to see when walking through the Boylston Street entrance. The renovation makes room for 40 more computers for public use, totaling 104 available computers. Modern access equipment will be added and upgraded, and all seating will be up to ADA standards and promote inclusion in the space. Bar-height seating for laptop users will double as a place for people to relax while waiting in queue, and several large screen monitors will display the queue sequence for computers.
Two public service desks will be placed in the area in order to provide multiple points of assistance in Tech Central, each with a knowledgeable associate to help with all library-related technology questions.
Today, Tech Central is located in the Washington Room, which is on the second floor of the McKim building. View the Central Library map.
Posted on December 15th, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, digitization
An element of the second phase of the Central Library renovation includes a new space for the library’s innovative digitization lab, where a team of skilled photographers shoot both the BPL’s collection and collections from libraries across Massachusetts as part of the Library for the Commonwealth program. When construction is completed, this lab will be located on the lower level of the Johnson building along with partners-in-residence, the Digital Public Library of America and the Internet Archive. Viewing windows and digital monitors will allow visitors to see the interesting work taking place in the lab, and the collaborative work done by these three groups will be well served with a shared space.
Posted on December 9th, 2014 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, elevators
All of elevators in the Johnson building are being renovated or replaced through the Central Library renovation project. When the project is complete there will be a single elevator which will stop at each of the public floors within the Johnson and McKim buildings. In order to enable this work, there will be multiple times when elevator are shut down or taken offline.
Beginning on December 9, 2014, the West elevator in the Northwest Corridor of the McKim building is scheduled to be decommissioned. This is the elevator closest to the Map Center and the Commonwealth Salon on the first floor, Book Delivery and Tech Central on the second floor, and Arts and Rare Books on the third floor. Library visitors should use the South or East elevators to move throughout the McKim building. The accessible route to Book Delivery or Tech Central will include taking the South or East elevators to the McKim second floor and taking the lift from the Elliot Room to the Washington Room.
The image below and this PDF document indicates the location of these elevators on the first floor. View the complete Central Library map here.