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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.

Pay-for-Print Service Kiosks

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by David Leonard in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
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KioskNew pay-for-print service kiosks will be arriving at the Central Library and the branches over the summer. At the Central Library, the kiosks will be installed area-by-area throughout the building to directly replace the existing pay-for-print machines. The area scheduled for the first installation at the Central Library is Tech Central.

At the branches, the kiosks will be delivered and placed near already-identified kiosk location. A group from the library’s IT team will visit each branch once required software upgrades are ready. The IT team will demonstrate to branch colleagues how the kiosks will be used by library patrons, and will conduct training for the branch staff.

Implementing this new system has several benefits:

  • Patrons will use a single system system for printing and copying
  • Introduction of a credit card payment option, which is in response to many requests
  • An option to pay overdue fines via the kiosk
  • Submission of print jobs via mobile devices (limited initially to any laptop on the BPL WIFI network)
  • Producing satisfactory audit reports
  • Existing equipment is unreliable; a problem for public, staff, and IT support.

Jamaica Plain Branch Renovation Meeting

Posted on June 5th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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The second community meeting for the design phase of renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library was held on May 21 at the branch. About 35 neighbors attended the meeting where architects
from Utile, Inc. presented an overview of the project along with three potential options for floor plans. Community members discussed the importance of the collection, access to technology, a space for teens, and the need for large and small community gathering places. A discussion on what a maker-space might look like at the branch included suggestions for computers, design software, group work stations and places for the community to share ideas and art.

groundfloorplanJPThis renovation project includes plans for additions at the South Street side of the building as well as an addition on the north side to accommodate an elevator. The ultimate design will need to be reviewed and approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. This phase is expected to wrap up in Winter 2015, and pending City Council budget approval, the construction phase could begin in the spring or summer of 2015. Renovations will require that the branch be closed to the public for approximately 12-18 months.

Meeting notes and the presentation can be found here. Shown in the image at right is one of the proposed layouts for the main level of the branch.

Central Library Renovation: Next Set of Moves

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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bpl retractable banners_300pxThe next round of moves related to the Central Library renovation begins in earnest this month. This round of moves is to accommodate ceiling work in the Johnson Building necessary to complete as part of the renovation of the second floor. Large sections on the first floor of the Johnson Building will cleared in order to conduct this work.

As always, this schedule and sequence is subject to change, but below are some key highlights. It may be helpful to refer to the library’s current building directory (which will be updated over the summer) while reviewing the information below:

  • Fiction, large print, romance, and world language collections will move to McKim Conference Rooms A and B, which are on the lower level of the McKim Building.
  • Teen services will move to the Boston Room, which is on the first floor of the Johnson Building.
  • Tech Central will move into the Washington and Elliott Rooms, which are on the second floor of the McKim Building.
  • New microtext readers will be installed in Bates Hall, and the existing Boylston Room service point will be shared by the following teams: Reference & Readers Advisory, Social Sciences/Government Information, and Microtext.
  • By the end of June, DeFerrari Hall, the center atrium on the first floor of the Johnson Building, will be closed in order to accommodate railing work on the stairs. This means that the Johnson elevators will be the only public route to reach Human Resources and the lower level of the Johnson Building. The closing of DeFerarri Hall also marks the end of public access to the mezzanine level of the Johnson Building.
  • The Johnson information desk function will move out into the Johnson lobby when DeFerrari Hall is closed.

During the summer, preparations will be made for the next round of moves in conjunction with Phase 2 of the Central Library renovation, which is subject to City Council’s vote on the Mayor’s recommended FY15 budget. At that point, Kirstein Business Library and the Tech Classroom will be relocated from the Johnson lower level so that Phase 2 construction can begin in that area.

In early 2015, the nonfiction collection along with children’s and teen services will begin the move to the renovated second floor of Johnson in preparation for a March 2015 opening of the Johnson second floor.

Pending City Council’s approval of the Mayor’s recommended FY15 budget, Phase 2 work on the Central Library renovation would take place during the second half of 2014 and all of 2015, with an estimated completion date for the whole project in the summer of 2016.