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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).

Central Library Renovation: Phase 1 Renderings

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by David Leonard in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
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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.

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Central Library Renovation: Teen Room Moves

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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Teens at work in the Boston Room.

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).

Central Library Renovation: Moves

Posted on June 28th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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The Central Library’s fiction collection is now located on the lower level of the McKim Building (pictured below) along with romance titles, large print, and the world language collection. If you enter the library via Dartmouth Street, follow the gold signs to the lower level.

Next in line for moves are Tech Central and the Teen Room. Tech Central will move to the Washington Room, which is on the second floor of the McKim building, and the Teen Room will move to the Boston Room, which is on the first floor of the Johnson building. View the library’s current building directory (which will be updated later this summer).

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Dudley Branch: Conference Room Upgrades

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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dudley conference roomSince March, the Library has been working on the small conference room at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. New paint, carpet, white board, and picture rails were installed. Chairs from the former East Boston branch replaced the well-worn chairs, and the conference table was refinished. The Friends have already begun to hang art in the room making it a joyful, welcoming and comfortable space for small group meetings.

A special thank you goes to the carpenters, laborers, painters, staff at the branch and custodians for additional assistance to help make the place feel clean, welcoming, and refreshed.

If you’d like to reserve the conference room for small group use, please contact the branch at 617.442.6186.