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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.

New Learning Lab at the Hyde Park Branch

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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Thanks to a generous donation from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau in the name of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Library was able to renovate the small homework room off of the children’s library at the Hyde Park branch. Knowing that many groups use that space for everything from homework help, to book clubs, to ESL classes, the space was designed to be flexible and fun. New tables and chairs can be easily moved around to form small group or individual study spaces. The glass sections of the wall are meant to be dry-erase boards where students or groups can share ideas. The photo collage that wraps around the top of the room comes from the Library’s Leslie Jones collection – view more of these great images online here. A new map of the Hyde Park neighborhood rounds out another wall where kids and adults alike can try to find their street and other interesting sites in the neighborhood. HPlab[1] HPlab2 HPlab3

Central Library Renovation: Fact Sheet

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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Information about the Central Library renovation and the changes planned for the Johnson Building are included in the library’s quick-reference project fact sheet, which is available for download. On the fact sheet, find information on the master plan process, first phase of construction, timeline, budget, as well as upcoming phases.

BPL central library renovation fact sheet 11.2013p1-300

PDF document, two pages (2 MB)

The library continues to post updates on project progress via this blog. Click here for all posts related to the Central Library renovation.

Central Library Renovation: Tech Classroom

Posted on April 28th, 2014 by ggifford@private.bpl.org in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
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Included in the Central Library Renovation’s plan for the mezzanine level  is the wonderful addition of a Tech Classroom. The Library’s free and popular Research, Computer & Career classes will meet in this new space, designed to fit 20 students at individual computer workstations for  hands-on practice with computers and online resources. Classes delve into a whole host of topics, from very basic keyboard and mouse practice to using our new streaming video service to how to tackle a research paper/project. You can find more information about scheduled classes via www.bpl.org/general/tech_training.

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