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The Bibliocycle is back!

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services

The Boston Public Library is proud to announce the return of the Bibliocycle – coming to a farmers’ market or community festival near you. Launched in 2014 by a group of ‘bike-minded’ librarians, the Bibliocycle is a small cart full of books for all ages, pulled through the streets of Boston by your local staff. In addition to borrowing books and getting a library card, this year, you can check out magazines or come to a pop-up story time for kids.

Your organization can request a visit by the  Bibliocycle team by visiting this page and clicking “Request a Bibliocycle Visit”. A team member will get back to you to get further information and to let  you know if we are able to fit your event into the schedule (also posted on the site).

Thank you to Boston Bikes for their continued support of the Bibliocycle.


Brighton Branch celebrates new public art

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services

On Thursday May 14th members of the Friends of the Brighton Branch Library, BPL staff, and elected officials joined artist Richard Duca as he unveiled his latest sculpture, “Wings of the Imagination”, at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library. Thanks to the Boston Arts Commission, The Browne Fund, The Henderson Fund and the Patricia Gordon estate, the Friends were able to bring this beautiful new piece of art to the community. While it is a piece of art, it is also functional – curl up with a good book on a warm summer day in one of the three chairs that make up the sculpture or get inspired by   quotes from literature engraved in the stone work surrounding the piece. 


Central Library Retail Space – Request for Proposals deadline extended

Posted on May 26th, 2015 by Ellen Donaghey in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Johnson building retail space was published on March 16. The deadline for responses has been extended to July 22, 2015.

Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the RFP may copy Carl Lehto in the Business Office at 617-859-2364 or email

Faneuil Branch Library Programming Study Meeting

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

The final community meeting in the programming study phase of the Faneuil branch project will be held on Wednesday June 10th at 6pm at the Faneuil branch at 419 Faneuil Street, Brighton, MA 02135. Join members of the BPL staff, Tappé Architects, and City of Boston Property and Construction Management as they present the latest conceptual designs for a potential renovation of the branch.

If you’re unable to attend the meeting, you can still provide feedback by commenting on this post, sending an email to, or calling Christine Schonhart at 617-859-2340. Past meeting notes and presentations can be found here.


Jamaica Plain Design Meeting

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

The last community meeting in the design process for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will be held on June 23rd at 6pm. Join the architects from Utile, Inc. BPL staff, and City of Boston project managers to hear the latest on the project.  The meeting will begin at 6pm at the branch at 12 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain. If you’re not able to come to the meeting, follow progress here.

A reminder that the branch will close temporarily for construction for 18-24 months beginning at 2 p.m. on August 1, 2015. After the branch is closed, patrons will not be able to borrow or  return materials to the branch and are welcome to visit our nearby Connolly, Egleston, or Roslindale branches, as well as any other BPL location.JPreno4_2_15