Posted on September 16th, 2013 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
As noted in summertime posts (here and here), construction of the initial phase of the Johnson Improvement Project is set to begin in December 2013. This phase will include the renovation of the second floor of the Johnson building. In preparation, all of the services and collections on the second floor will be relocated prior to construction.
The second floor will be closed to the public in October in order to facilitate the necessary moves. The book collections will either be temporarily relocated elsewhere at the Central Library or transferred to the Archival Center, remaining available to circulate by request. There will be a brief period during the move when some of the second-floor collections may be unavailable.
Planned locations are as follows:
- the second-floor nonfiction collection will be moved to the first floor with a pair of exceptions:
- second-floor nonfiction business books are now located in the Central Library’s Kirstein Business Library, located on the concourse level of the Johnson Building
- second-floor nonfiction arts books will be moved to the Arts Department, located on the third floor of the McKim Building
- smaller collections already on the first floor — such as travel, romance, DVDs and CDs, and new fiction — will be shifted to new first-floor locations
- the second-floor Johnson reference desk service and reference collection will be relocated to the Boylston Room on the second floor of the McKim Building
- the microtext desk and service, currently on the second floor of the Johnson Building, will be moved to the Washington Room, on the second floor of the McKim Building.
One special note: the microtext department and the reference desk may be unavailable on the day they move.
We will continue to post continuing updates to this blog, on our project display, and during our public roundtable meetings. Most importantly, staff at the library are available to answer questions and provide directions during this transition. The Central Library’s comprehensive wayfinding system is also nearing its installation phase, which will provide additional assistance in finding materials.
The first phase of construction is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2014. Subsequent phases are still in the early planning stages.
Posted on September 12th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Children and Teens, Copley Square
Since our last update on the Children’s Library and Teen Room, library staff and users have been hard at work in the design stage of these spaces.
A few things have changed since the summer, mainly the orientation of the Children’s Library which is now planned to occupy two quadrants of the second floor along Exeter Street. This will allow for dedicated space for toddlers, school-age kids, and tweens; a large program space within the room, stroller parking, and collections and computers for all ages.
The Teen Room is also progressing in the design stage as we look at different options for the shape of the room as well as developing ideas for a digital makerspace for teens. The Teen Room will be on the second floor of the Johnson Building as well.
Over the summer, library administration met with youth services staff and gathered feedback from teens who use current Central Library Teen Room. We have also used the recommendations from our system-wide programming report to help inform decisions.
You can be part of the conversation in a number of ways: post comments on this post, visit the project exhibition now at the Central Library in Copley Square, attend a roundtable meeting, send an email at email@example.com, or mail a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.
Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
A new display in the atrium section of the Johnson Building — known as Deferrari Hall — was installed last week. Thank you to those who have already added comments and questions to the interactive boards. On one side of the display, sample second-floor layouts of the children’s and teen areas are posted with some questions about future programming. The questions are:
- What kind of teen programs and activities would you like to see in the new teen zone?
- What kind of children’s programs and activities would you like to see in the new children’s library?
On the other side of the display, information gathered from the public during the springtime is shared (review that information here and here). Also posted is a depiction of what the entrance of the Johnson Building might look like without the granite screens in front of it along with the schedule of public roundtables. The second side of the display includes these two questions:
- What great experiences have you had in public buildings?
- What questions do you have for us?
If you are not able to visit the Central Library this fall or attend the one of the upcoming roundtables, please feel free to share your ideas on these questions by commenting on this blog, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.
Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, Roundtable
Boston Public Library continues its series of roundtable discussions to update library users and interested residents on the Johnson Building Improvement Project.
The next roundtable will feature an overview of library services during the first phase of construction. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine Conference Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
Additional roundtables will be held:
- Monday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. as an online community chat via www.bpl.org/compass.
- Thursday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the
Boston Room Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square.
Download and share the PDF flyer about the meetings.
The first roundtable was held on August 15. Read the August roundtable recap and the original July announcement of all four roundtables in the series.
If you are not able to join the September roundtable, you are always welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to email@example.com with your ideas.
Posted on August 26th, 2013 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
As part of the Johnson Renovation project, I took a rare trip up to the roof of the McKim and Johnson Buildings that make up the Central Library in Copley Square. Part of the renovation includes examining the connection between the two buildings, to improve the sight lines and to address long needed accessibility issues. Part of that construction would include the possible construction of a new public elevator, and a restructuring of staff access between the basement and roof of the buildings. Last week we took a look at the elevator shafts and the elevator controls, including a look at the roof to see if there exists the possibility of extending existing elevators to higher floors.
While visiting the roof, I was able to enjoy a different perspective of Copley Square, one that we don’t get to enjoy that often. I quickly snapped a few photo with my phone, of the streetscape, and the lovely griffins adorning the roof of the McKim Building. I hope you enjoy this unique perspective, taken from the section of the Johnson Building that connects to the McKim Building.
View of Boylston St. from the BPL Roof
Ornate Griffins keep guard of the McKim Room with the John Hancock Tower in the background
The roof of the Johnson Building with a view of the Prudential Tower in the background