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Next Johnson Improvement Project Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted on September 13th, 2014 by admin in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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The next meeting of the Johnson Improvement Project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is scheduled for Monday, September 22, at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

Agenda (PDF): September 22 CAC agenda

Central Library Renovation: A Colorful View

Posted on September 6th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Carpet and paint arrived for a portion of the second floor of the Johnson building. The view below, courtesy of the library’s Instagram feed, is toward Exeter Street with Boylston Street to the right.

Central Library Renovation: Construction Views

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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The second floor of the Johnson Building continues to be an active construction site. The images below show the area in and around the in-progress children’s library. The children’s library will have a program room, early literacy area, story time nook, a designated area for tweens along with an excellent selection of books.

A view inside the children’s library being built on the second floor of the Central Library in Copley Square.

A view inside the children’s library being built on the second floor of the Central Library in Copley Square.

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A look toward the program room within the children’s library. The window at right looks onto Exeter Street.

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An example of the range of equipment in use during the construction phase.

Central Library Renovation: Moves

Posted on August 21st, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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The services of the Kirstein Business Library are now being offered from the south end of Bates Hall, which is on the second floor of the McKim building. 

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To find Bates Hall: Enter on Dartmouth Street and take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor. 

Central Library Renovation: Phase 2 Components

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
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The second phase of the Central Library renovation begins in earnest this fall and includes the first floor, mezzanine, lower level, and exterior of the Johnson building. It’s important to note that Phase 2 will start before all elements of Phase 1 are complete. Here’s a quick summary of the Phase 2 spaces that are slated to be renovated, built as new, and otherwise improved:

  • First floor: new books section; lobby and welcome area; an enterprise or retail space; the fiction collection with stacks and seating areas; borrower services; movies and music; and Tech Central. The first floor will also include an exhibition gallery, various installations of BPL art, interactive digital displays, and new restrooms.
  • Mezzanine: world languages and areas for group work such as conversation circles, a new public instruction classroom, and meeting room.
  • Lower level: updated Rabb Lecture Hall and supporting AV and green room, the lobby outside of Rabb, a new digital innovation space, and updated restrooms. Also under discussion is a review of the refurbishment of the Kirstein Business Library.
  • Exterior: a new entrance vestibule and window system, paving and landscaping upgrades, signage and lighting improvements, and outdoor furniture and bike racks.

Less visible to the public are a range of infrastructure improvements to plumbing, piping, electrical and data systems,; heating and cooling and air distribution;  and fire suppression and control systems. In addition, there are notable “back of house” changes planned for the first floor: the loading dock and shipping room, freight elevator improvements, the borrower services workroom, and some minor updates to basement-level spaces.

A rendering of what the library might look like from the vantage point of Boylston and Exeter Streets. As always, all elements are subject to change

A rendering of what the library might look like from the vantage point of Boylston and Exeter Streets. As always, all elements are subject to change.

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A rendering of what the new books area on the first floor of the Johnson Building might look like. Boylston Street is to the right and Exeter Street far ahead (for purposes of orientation).