Posted on November 19th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
For many, many months, the library has been collecting comments and questions about the Johnson renovation project. The lastest version of the display in the Johnson atrium includes answers to some of the most frequently asked questions so far received. For those who aren’t able to make it into Copley Square to review and enjoy the display in person, we include the questions and answers here.
Power, Outlets – Will you be adding more places to plug in phones and laptops?
Absolutely. This was one of the most-requested things even before the Johnson renovation got started. There will be a significant increase in power available in the Johnson Building. We will be adding outlets and running power to specific furnishings so that individual devices can be charged from variety of locations.
Furnishings – Are there plans for more individual work tables? What about comfortable seating?
Yes. The first phase of construction calls for new, durable seating around the second-floor atrium and a large grouping of chair and table options within the nonfiction collection (also on the second floor). The chairs will be a mix of upholstered and non-upholstered options.
Restrooms – Will you add more bathrooms, please?
We certainly will. The first phase of construction includes new bathrooms on the second floor and in the children’s library. Later phases include new bathrooms on the first floor.
Sidewalk – Why not replace the brick sidewalk with something safer?
That is a terrific idea and is included in later phases of the project. The exterior of the Johnson Building is landmarked so we are in careful consultant with the Landmarks Commission about the look and feel of any new landscaping. An accessible entrance is a priority.
As always, please feel free to share your ideas by commenting on this blog, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.
Posted on November 8th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
The display in the atrium section of the Johnson Building — known as Deferrari Hall — was recently updated. Thank you to those who have been adding comments and questions to the interactive boards throughout the spring and fall.
The boards feature updated floor plans for the first phase of construction which will begin in December. The second floor of the Johnson Building will have a new children’s library and teen room as well as updated collections and reference services. Also on the boards is a section titled “You Asked. We’re Answering.” with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions so far received from the public.
The library continues to collect comments and questions via the interactive display. In addition, there is roundtable discussion about the first phase of construction on Thursday, November 14. If you are not able to visit the Central Library this fall or attend the roundtable, please feel free to share your ideas by commenting on this blog, sending an email to email@example.com, or mailing a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.
Posted on November 6th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: East Boston
Thank you to all who were part of the November 2 grand opening of the East Boston Branch on Bremen Street. Enjoy this sample set of images and view some of the news the library collected about the branch on social media.
Posted on November 5th, 2013 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
In order to achieve the transformative changes planned for the Johnson Building, the library, the city and architects have worked closely with the community, its neighbors and numerous city agencies and local organizations. The Boston Landmarks Commission, the municipal preservation agency for Boston’s Historic Buildings has been important to this process.
When the McKim building was officially designated as a Boston landmark in 2000, the façade and lobby of the Johnson building were landmarked as well. Therefore any proposed changes to the landmarked portions of the Johnson Building must be reviewed by the Commission.
The project was first presented to the Landmarks Commission over the summer in a session that included several members of the public as well as supporters, many of whom spoke in favor of the project. More recently specific elements of the project including the removal of the granite screen walls, the replacement of windows, and a preliminary landscaping plan were presented to the design subcommittee and later conditionally approved by the full committee with provisions that project team return with additional detail.
The project team will return to the Boston Landmarks Commission to present at the November and December hearings.
Below is a link to some of the letters of support that were written to the Boston Landmarks Commission on behalf of the project.
BLC Letters of Support compiled
Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, Roundtable
Boston Public Library continues its series of roundtable discussions to update library users and interested residents on the Johnson Building Improvement Project.
The first phase of project construction, which involves the second floor of the 700 Boylston Street building, will begin in December of this year. Highlights of the second-floor work include a new children’s library, teen area, updated reference services, a community reading area, and workspace for individual and collaborative efforts.
The next roundtable, the fourth in a series, will be held on Thursday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. The fourth roundtable will feature an overview of what the library services on the renovated second floor will include.
Download and share the PDF flyer about the meeting. If you are not able to join the November roundtable, you are always welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.