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Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Michael Colford in Library Services, Major Projects, Technology

Plans are being finalized to revitalize and expand the purpose of the popular Kirstein Business Library and create an exciting and dynamic Business Library & Innovation Center. Teens have flocked to the Teen Central Digital Maker Lab on the renovated second floor of the Johnson Building. The logical question that has followed is where can adults make use of 3D printers and high level software? The renovation originally called for a similar Digital Maker Space on the renovated Mezzanine level adjacent to the Community Learning Center. Instead, the BPL is following the lead of some innovative urban libraries in Pikes Peak and Chattanooga to combine their Business Research services with production and design spaces. This new renovation will incorporate these offerings with our Kirstein Business Library to create a collaborative, innovative space to serve jobseekers and entrepreneurs alike.

The purpose of the revitalized Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (KBLIC) is to provide an innovation-focused space for job-seekers, small business and start-ups, entrepreneurs and budding professionals; equipped with cutting-edge creation and production technology (hardware and software), as well as print and electronic resources in business research and career services, supported by a rich diversity of expertise and programs. Through strategic partnerships, the innovation center will serve as a public laboratory, an informal networking space and an educational facility with a focus on information, entrepreneurship, design, technology and creation. Equipment, expertise, programs. classes, events, conferences and meetings will be among the resources available to visitors. Program and educational development will emerge from library staff, community partners, and library users themselves. Moving beyond simply the consumption of information, the KBLIC will support the conception, production, connection, and sharing of knowledge and ideas by offering access to tools, instruction and community.

The KBLIC and the Rabb Lobby together will serve as a dynamic co-working and networking space with a coffee bar and a variety of seating options from workbars and cafe tables, to study tables and lounge seating. Frequent demonstrations, or “Maker Breaks” will stimulate creativity and learning in a casual setting.

Central Library Retail Space – Request for Proposals available

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

The Request for Proposals for the Johnson building retail space was published on March 16. The RFP will be open for eight weeks, with bids due on May 11. Information was published in the Secretary of State’s Goods & Services Bullet and on the City’s website through the “City Record.”

To maximize public awareness of this retail opportunity, the Library is working with The Dartmouth Company, a commercial real estate company specializing in retail leasing, to market the space to potential retail partners. The Dartmouth Company is distributing the RFP to their extensive list of real estate brokers and are reaching out directly to specific organizations and retailers they believe may be in line with the vision for the space. Additionally, The Dartmouth Company has designed a temporary banner placed on the entrance of the Johnson building to bring attention to the project. Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the RFP may contact Carl Lehto or Ed Maheigan in the Business Office (617-859-2364)

Jamaica Plain Branch to undergo renovations

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

As announced at the recent renovation community meeting on March 25, the Jamaica Plain Branch will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, and is expected to last 18-24 months. The goals of the renovation project include an enhanced and expanded children’s area, creation of a teen area and gallery space, and improved technology, including a maker space, expanded adult reading area, an upgraded multipurpose room, and refreshed collections. A 700-square-foot addition to the building will provide a new reading room for the community. Follow progress via the branch capital projects section of the BPL website or read the press release for further information.


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Press Recap: Opening of Renovation Johnson 2nd Floor

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

The residents of Boston and visitors from around the world got the first look at the BPL’s new second floor in late February, which features a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collection, reference services, and a community reading area.

“The opening of the Central Library’s renovated second floor is an exciting preview of what will be a world-class renovation of one of Boston’s cultural gems,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Libraries are places of opportunity and people of all ages will enjoy the books and programs as well as the family-friendly, state-of-the-art space in Copley Square.”

Read WBUR’s coverage:  First Look Inside The Boston Library’s Astonishing, Colorful Renovation

 Read’s coverage: Children’s Library at BPL Expands, Along with Children’s Publishing

 Read Boston Business Journal’s coverage and view their photos: Take a Tour inside the Boston Public Library Renovations

 The second floor is just the beginning –   work on the second phase of the renovation is currently underway and scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016. It includes significant improvements to the first floor, mezzanine, lower level, and exterior of the Johnson building and will offer a new community learning center, updated lecture hall, the fiction collection, expanded technology, landscape improvements, and much more.

Video – Ceremony to Re-Open the 2nd Floor of the Central Library in Copley Square

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

Boston Public Library welcomed people of all ages to the opening of the renovated second floor on February 21. Joined by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Bostonians celebrated the opening of the Children’s Library, Teen Central, and reference services in the library’s Johnson building. Children explored their new space, read books, and played with the smart table, while teens checked out video games and the new software in their digital lab.  Adults browsed the nonfiction section and sat reading books, enjoying the new community reading area called Boylston Common. Experience opening day all over again (or for the first time) via Vimeo.

BPL Central Library Renovation | Opening of the Children’s Library, Teen Central, and Nonfiction Collections from 617 Weddings | Video on Vimeo.