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Central Library Renovation: World-class Fiction

Posted on January 12th, 2015 by Michael Colford in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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A photo of the architects’ model showing the fiction section and new stairway to mezzanine.

A photo of the architects’ model showing the fiction section and new stairway to mezzanine.

The Central Library’s fiction collection will be a truly world-class collection. Running along the Exeter Street side of the first floor and the mezzanine, fiction in the Central Library will be arranged by genre. In addition to the general fiction, there will be a large section on the first floor devoted to mystery. A new stairway to the mezzanine will lead to sections for science fiction/fantasy, urban fiction, and graphic novels.

Lounge seating and table seating throughout the section will allow for leisurely perusal of selections to read or to chat with a friend about the latest book they are reading.

BPL artwork will find a home in the fiction section as well, with busts of authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, and Henry James on display.

Faneuil Branch: Programming Study Meeting 2

Posted on January 3rd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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Groups work on ideas for improvements to the Faneuil Branch.

Staff from the Boston Public Library, Tappe Architects, and the City of Boston Property and Construction Management department met with about 25 community members at the Faneuil Branch on December 18 for the second of four community meetings related to the programming study for the branch. Jeff Hoover of Tappe Architects presented the existing conditions report, then had the crowd break into three working groups to review the challenges and come up with potential solutions for the welcome zone and circulation, children and teens, and adult services areas. The existing conditions draft report and draft programming document can be found via the branch capital projects section of this website. The next community meeting will be held later this winter.

Jamaica Plain: Renovation Meeting Recap

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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On November 12, approximately 40 community members, Boston Public Library staff members, and project managers and architects from Utile, Inc. gathered at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library for the fourth community meeting related to the renovation of the 112 year-old building.

Some changes since the last presentation include moving the tween nook under the mezzanine, moving the maker space adjacent to the staff workroom, and shifting the lower level meeting room to accommodate a small conference room.

Review the design progress and changes in floor plans and ideas over the course of the project via the Branch Capital Projects page on this website. Below is a rendering of the Sedgwick Street entrance with the proposed reading porch shown at left. The grayed-out building behind the branch is Curtis Hall, which is shown for orientation purposes.

Draft rendering JP branch of BPL.

Central Library Renovation: Community Learning Center

Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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A photo of the architects’ model showing the fiction section and new stairway to mezzanine.

As part of the second phase of the Central Library renovation, the mezzanine level of the Johnson building will become home to a new Community Learning Center.

This area will have seating for small-group tutoring, a series of small conference rooms for conversation circles and other collaborative work, an updated public classroom, and library collections including world languages and literacy. This space will also feature a gallery of artwork from the library’s own print collection.

The section of the mezzanine that sits above the fiction collection along Exeter Street will include the romance, science fiction/fantasy, urban fiction, and graphic novel genres. New stairways from the first floor to the mezzanine will provide additional points of access and a more unified feel.

Faneuil Branch Programming Study Launch

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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Vintage image of Faneuil BranchOn September 11, 2014, BPL staff, City of Boston Property and Construction Management staff, and Tappe Architects met with about 30 community members to launch the programming study for the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library.

A programming study is the first step in determining branch improvements and includes a detailed analysis of collections, technology, seating, staff spaces, and mechanical needs.

Find additional information on the branch capital projects page here such as meeting notes copies of the presentations.