Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Jamaica Plain
Michael LeBlanc of Utile, Inc. shows community members a model of the proposed renovation
The third community meeting regarding the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library was held on August 4.
About 45 community members joined Utile, Inc. as they outlined proposed options for the addition and renovation of the 103 year-old building.
Full meeting notes and the presentation can be found here.
The next community meeting will be held in the fall where further developments of the plan will be presented.
Posted on August 21st, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Business, Copley Square, Kirstein, Moves
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.
Posted on August 4th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
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 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).
Posted on July 18th, 2014 by David Leonard in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
Tags: Back Bay, Children and Teens, Copley Square, Teen Central
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.
Posted on July 11th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, Moves, Teens
Teens at work in the Boston Room.
Teen services at the Central Library in Copley Square are now operating out of the Boston Room, which is located on the first floor of the Johnson building. To find the Boston Room: enter on Boylston Street, turn left after passing through the security gates and go under the sign that says “Borrower Services.” The Boston Room is through the double doors to the left, just past the newspaper table. View the library’s current building directory (which will be updated later this summer).