Posted on August 4th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: East Boston
The opening date for the new East Boston Branch is Saturday, November 2, at 11 a.m. The new facility, currently undergoing construction at 365 Bremen Street, is at the corner of Bremen and Prescott Streets in East Boston and faces Bremen Street Park. Read the August 1 press release on the new facility.
The new East Boston Branch was designed by William Rawn Associates Architects and is a capital project of the City of Boston. The new branch is approximately 15,000 square feet in size, more than double the combined public space of the current branches in East Boston. The new library will have onsite parking, a dedicated teen space, multipurpose room, early literacy resources, and a variety of other user-friendly features. The project budget is $17.25 million. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners supported the project with a grant of $7.25 million.
Posted on July 26th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Jamaica Plain
Throughout the spring of 2013 the Library worked with Miller Dyer Spears Inc. and a community advisory committee to study pre-design options and cost estimates for a renovation of the the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library. The goals of this study include ADA accessibility, improved spaces, collections and technology for all ages, and and enhanced multi-purpose room. You can read the completed study here.
Posted on July 26th, 2013 by Michael Colford in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
Teams at the Central Library have been preparing for the moving of Johnson Building second-floor collections and public service desks in order to be ready for the start of renovations in December 2013. As noted in earlier posts, Boston Public Library is working with the target of closing the second floor of the Johnson Building to the public in October of this year.
During the next few months, collections and service points currently on the second floor will be located to other spots in the Central Library. While it is clear that a major renovation is not “business as usual,” it is our goal to provide the very best service we can during construction and to communicate changes in a timely fashion. We’ll strive to keep not only our maps and website updated, but also to be present for you, our users, and provide assistance in locating materials and navigating the building.
The library’s collection development team, the group that is responsible for ongoing management of Boston Public Library’s collections, continually evaluates the books and other materials that circulate (available for checkout to take home) throughout the Boston Public Library system, which includes the Central Library and 25 branches. With this particular construction project in mind, the team is devoting their thoughtful attention on materials currently in the Johnson Building. All materials will be reviewed and will be organized in to three general categories:
- Books most in demand and with the highest use will be moved to the first floor
- Nonfiction books that support historical reference or research or are used less frequently will be moved to the Johnson Building stacks or the City’s state-of-the-art Archival Center in West Roxbury. Books in the stacks or at the Archival Center can be requested, placed on hold, and checked out just as any other book can in the BPL system.
- Books in poor physical condition – i.e., torn covers, pages missing – and those that are part of a large set of duplicates, will be removed from the collection.
Microtext and reference services will be moved from the second floor of the Johnson Building to new locations and will continue to provide public service during the construction and renovation period.
Books that leave Boston Public Library’s collection go through multiple steps. Dependent upon several factors, a book may be reviewed by friends of the library for friends’ book sales, selected by the Internet Archive’s Open Library program for potential digitization, given to an online company for possible sale, donated to literacy-based charitable organizations, or lastly, carefully recycled.
Posted on July 24th, 2013 by Mary Frances O'Brien in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
A guiding principle of the Johnson Building first floor planning is making key services more visible and easily accessible. As noted previously, removing the granite walls from the entrance lobby will open sightlines to larger portions of the first floor. Borrower Services, including card registration and circulation services, will no longer be hidden within an alcove, but in immediate sight of those entering either through the front door of the Johnson building or arriving from McKim.
Not only will the public have more convenient access from the front door, but the staff workspace will include a new layout to make circulation and shipping access more efficient. A large part of Boston Public Library collections travel from branch to branch to respond to user requests. All of these books and DVD’s pass through the Library’s Loading Dock as they are borrowed and returned. Instead of crossing a busy public hall way, the books will be moved through doorways directly to the loading dock. The Loading Dock will be upgraded to improve workflow and the conditions in the area.
Adjacent to Borrower Services is a redesigned section for Movies and Music. Audio/visual media such as CDs and DVDs is the most popular collection at the BPL, accounting for about 40% of all circulation. This collection is expected to grow and shelving will be selected to allow for both display and high density arrangements.
Tech Central is the most highly used area in the Central Library. It is one of the Library’s most important programs to address the digital divide and provide computer access and computer help to those who do not have personal computers. The Johnson Building Improvement Project plan has designated a larger area for services and will be expanding the number of computers available to the public. In addition to the current computer work stations, the area will include bar seating with power outlets for people with laptops and other mobile devices along the length of the Exeter Street window.
Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by Laura Irmscher in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
Redesigning the layout of the adult collections on the second floor in the Johnson Building will make the collections much more accessible and inviting to library users. The first phase of the Johnson Building Improvement Project calls for the fiction collection that is currently on the first floor to move up to the second floor and join the nonfiction collection. A key part of the new layout will be grouping the adult collection into 5-6 themed zones on lower shelving in some areas to reduce the tunnel experience created by high stacks. Integrating better seating options and more display areas will create a more pleasant browsing experience.
The possible themed collections may include:
• Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
• Politics and Law
• Literature and Fiction
• Science and Health
These collection groups vary in size, but each has a cohesive themed display to define its zone.
The images below show the possible layout for the adult fiction and nonfiction collections. Your responses and suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to comment directly on this blog, send an email to email@example.com, or send a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.