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.
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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.
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.
To find Bates Hall: Enter on Dartmouth Street and take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor.
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.
Even as construction of Phase 1 is well underway in Copley Square, the designs for each of the components in Phase 1 are still receiving final touches. The second floor of the Johnson building improvements include:
- Children’s Library, with four specialized areas: early literacy, story time, tweens, and a program room.
- Teen Central with a digital lab, lounge for gaming and films, and quiet study area.
- Nonfiction collection with integrated displays of the library’s art, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and more.
- Reference point.
- Public restrooms.
- Community reading area.
In conjunction with the Phase 1 areas listed above, the following improvements will also be completed in time for the reopening of the second floor, scheduled for early 2015:
- Replacement of the second floor windows and curtain wall systems.
- Upgrades to the railing in Deferrari Hall from the first floor stairs to the second floor balcony; an improvement required by new building codes.
Pictured below (starting at the top, left and moving clockwise) are renderings of the entrance to the Children’s Library, the main reference point on the second floor, the entrance to Teen Central, and a view into the community reading area.