Posted on October 10th, 2013 by Mary Frances O'Brien in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
As we shared in our last timetable update, preparation for the construction and renovation is actively underway. Here are some specifics:
- Thursday, October 10: The reference desk on the second floor of the Johnson Building will relocate to the Boylston Room on the second floor of the McKim Building.
- Tuesday, October 15: The second floor of the Johnson Building will be closed beginning at 9 a.m.
- Tuesday, October 15: The Microtext desk will move to the Washington Room on the second floor of the McKim Building and be closed to the public for that day. Microtext service will resume on October 16.
- Week of October 15: The move of second-floor materials to the first floor will begin.
The entire move is expected to take 5-6 weeks and portions of the collection may be temporarily unavailable during some of that time. Once books are on the first floor, they will be fully browsable. In the meantime, we encourage Central Library patrons to make book requests via the library’s catalog, which will give library staff time time to pull books from second-floor shelves.
Posted on September 26th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: East Boston
Enjoy these recent photos of the construction site for the new library branch in East Boston. The opening date for the new building is Saturday, November 2, at 11 a.m. Read the August 1 press release for additional details.
Library exterior as seen from the walkway beside the community garden.
The view from the children’s area out across Bremen Park to the Boston skyline.
Shelving with the sunlit children’s area beyond it.
Looking from the children’s area back across toward the study room.
Crews hard at work.
Posted on September 16th, 2013 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
As noted in summertime posts (here and here), construction of the initial phase of the Johnson Improvement Project is set to begin in December 2013. This phase will include the renovation of the second floor of the Johnson building. In preparation, all of the services and collections on the second floor will be relocated prior to construction.
The second floor will be closed to the public in October in order to facilitate the necessary moves. The book collections will either be temporarily relocated elsewhere at the Central Library or transferred to the Archival Center, remaining available to circulate by request. There will be a brief period during the move when some of the second-floor collections may be unavailable.
Planned locations are as follows:
- the second-floor nonfiction collection will be moved to the first floor with a pair of exceptions:
- second-floor nonfiction business books are now located in the Central Library’s Kirstein Business Library, located on the concourse level of the Johnson Building
- second-floor nonfiction arts books will be moved to the Arts Department, located on the third floor of the McKim Building
- smaller collections already on the first floor — such as travel, romance, DVDs and CDs, and new fiction — will be shifted to new first-floor locations
- the second-floor Johnson reference desk service and reference collection will be relocated to the Boylston Room on the second floor of the McKim Building
- the microtext desk and service, currently on the second floor of the Johnson Building, will be moved to the Washington Room, on the second floor of the McKim Building.
One special note: the microtext department and the reference desk may be unavailable on the day they move.
We will continue to post continuing updates to this blog, on our project display, and during our public roundtable meetings. Most importantly, staff at the library are available to answer questions and provide directions during this transition. The Central Library’s comprehensive wayfinding system is also nearing its installation phase, which will provide additional assistance in finding materials.
The first phase of construction is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2014. Subsequent phases are still in the early planning stages.
Posted on September 12th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Children and Teens, Copley Square
Since our last update on the Children’s Library and Teen Room, library staff and users have been hard at work in the design stage of these spaces.
A few things have changed since the summer, mainly the orientation of the Children’s Library which is now planned to occupy two quadrants of the second floor along Exeter Street. This will allow for dedicated space for toddlers, school-age kids, and tweens; a large program space within the room, stroller parking, and collections and computers for all ages.
The Teen Room is also progressing in the design stage as we look at different options for the shape of the room as well as developing ideas for a digital makerspace for teens. The Teen Room will be on the second floor of the Johnson Building as well.
Over the summer, library administration met with youth services staff and gathered feedback from teens who use current Central Library Teen Room. We have also used the recommendations from our system-wide programming report to help inform decisions.
You can be part of the conversation in a number of ways: post comments on this post, visit the project exhibition now at the Central Library in Copley Square, attend a roundtable meeting, send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.
Posted on August 13th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services
Tags: Children and Teens
In July 2012, the Boston Public Library Foundation put out a request for proposals to assist the BPL in reviewing systemwide youth programming, program spaces, and gathering best practices from peer libraries across the country. The team from Wondercabinet Interpretive Design process included a staff survey, site visits, staff meetings and a public survey. Hundreds of comments were gathered over several months and the final report (PDF), published in June 2013, is now available.