Let us help you, your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues with research questions and projects, information-gathering for work or for play, or with that trivia question that’s been driving you mad. Our brand new Research Desk on the renovated second floor of the Johnson Building will be open and modern in style, a welcoming spot where you can work with Library staff on the topics that interest you most. The area was designed to meet the needs of the researcher who may need a table on which to spread out and delve into books and materials, or a place to get help using the BPL’s dozens of online resources to hunt for jobs, scholarly journals, e-books, historical newspapers, genealogy, car repair videos, small business tips, or language learning programs. With brightly colored carpeting, textured ceiling, flexible study tables and seating, the Research area will be easy to spot from the top of the stairs near the 2nd floor elevators, or from the path into the Johnson Building from McKim. The reference collection and Research Desk will also share a serendipitous proximity to the Teen space that will make homework and project help even more convenient for teens and their families.
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A pair of Boston Public Library’s major projects have been in the news recently. The Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell wrote a review of the new East Boston Branch. In his review, Mr. Campbell wrote:
“This is the best small contemporary library I’ve seen anywhere.”
“Architecture always embodies a message. Here in East Boston, the message is a metaphor. The library floor is like a piece of land shared by many kinds of people under a soft bright sky. It embodies the truth, or maybe the hope, that with all our many differences we can be one community.”
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) March 3, 2014
The New York Times New England Bureau chief Katharine Q. Seelye wrote a feature article about the Central Library renovation.The sub-heading of Ms. Seelye’s article is “Boston and other cities turn sanctuary of the past into an information center of the future.” In the article, Ms. Seelye wrote:
“With a major renovation underway, this Copley Square institution is breaking out of its granite shell to show an airier, more welcoming side to the passing multitudes.”
Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond http://t.co/bV22g26sVJ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 8, 2014
Ask the BPL’s youngest visitors about the most exciting area currently under construction? It’s the new Children’s Library on the second floor, of course. At 9,500 square feet, this expansive and welcoming new space for kids and caregivers will be nearly double the size of the current children’s room. The Children’s Library will be filled with opportunities for children to read, create, play, explore, and learn together. Plans for a dedicated area for infants and toddlers feature cozy furniture, stacks of books and toys for little ones, and a variety of experience-based learning materials designed to stimulate young minds. Story time for young readers will be extra-special as they explore the land of make believe in a custom-built nook. The spacious program room calls out for kid creativity with room for crafts, performances, workshops, and much more. Tweens will have their own dedicated space for homework, reading, and hanging out with friends. And that’s not all—more fun, whimsical surprises are in the works.
Included in the renovation plans for the first floor of the Johnson Building is an updated and improved Tech Central area. Today, Tech Central is in and to the left as you enter the Central Library via Boylston Street.
Using the image at right as a guide to the first floor, Tech Central occupies the G area today. The current plan is to move it to the E section and a bit into the F section with additional computers and expanded work space for library staff to assist library users with their technology questions. A new set of restrooms is also planned for the F area on the first floor.
Another new feature planned is bar-style seating at the back window of the E section, which faces a small sunlight garden on the Blagden Street side of the Central Library.
As Phase 1 work continues, library staff members are engaged with the next phases of design as well as planning for where library services would be temporarily located and operate during future construction.
While it’s possible that the Central Library renovation project could ultimately be funded as a multi-phase project, the current approach is to complete design for the total remaining scope of the project. The complete design builds on what was covered in the master plan and will include all the remaining elements in one set of design documents. At present, the next stage of approvals is estimated to take place in April 2014.
The City of Boston capital budget process, managed by the City of Boston Property and Construction Management department and the City of Boston Office of Budget Management takes place now through to the City Council approval vote at the end of June 2014.