An element of the second phase of the Central Library renovation includes a new space for the library’s innovative digitization lab, where a team of skilled photographers shoot both the BPL’s collection and collections from libraries across Massachusetts as part of the Library for the Commonwealth program. When construction is completed, this lab will be located on the lower level of the Johnson building along with partners-in-residence, the Digital Public Library of America and the Internet Archive. Viewing windows and digital monitors will allow visitors to see the interesting work taking place in the lab, and the collaborative work done by these three groups will be well served with a shared space.
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All of elevators in the Johnson building are being renovated or replaced through the Central Library renovation project. When the project is complete there will be a single elevator which will stop at each of the public floors within the Johnson and McKim buildings. In order to enable this work, there will be multiple times when elevator are shut down or taken offline.
Beginning on December 9, 2014, the West elevator in the Northwest Corridor of the McKim building is scheduled to be decommissioned. This is the elevator closest to the Map Center and the Commonwealth Salon on the first floor, Book Delivery and Tech Central on the second floor, and Arts and Rare Books on the third floor. Library visitors should use the South or East elevators to move throughout the McKim building. The accessible route to Book Delivery or Tech Central will include taking the South or East elevators to the McKim second floor and taking the lift from the Elliot Room to the Washington Room.
On November 12, approximately 40 community members, Boston Public Library staff members, and project managers and architects from Utile, Inc. gathered at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library for the fourth community meeting related to the renovation of the 112 year-old building.
Some changes since the last presentation include moving the tween nook under the mezzanine, moving the maker space adjacent to the staff workroom, and shifting the lower level meeting room to accommodate a small conference room.
Review the design progress and changes in floor plans and ideas over the course of the project via the Branch Capital Projects page on this website. Below is a rendering of the Sedgwick Street entrance with the proposed reading porch shown at left. The grayed-out building behind the branch is Curtis Hall, which is shown for orientation purposes.
There’s loads more detail being added to the in-progress children’s library, which is located on the second floor of the Central Library’s Johnson building. The first image below is what can be seen after passing through the doors to the children’s library. The window shown overlooks Exeter Street. The bottom image is a view to the left after entering; from left to right, there is a peek at the tween area (red), the program room (blue), and some of the collections (orange).
Children’s services and teen services have temporarily relocated to the McKim Exhibition Hall on the first floor of the Central Library in Copley Square. These services will remain in the McKim Exhibition Hall until the renovated second floor of the Johnson building opens in March 2015. Download the Central Library renovation fact sheet for additional project details.
To find the McKim Exhibition Hall (pictured above): enter on Dartmouth Street and turn left before you reach the main staircase. The McKim Exhibition Hall is ahead on the left. The first entryway on the left is for children’s services and the second entryway on the left is for teen services. Refer to the library’s map or speak to a staff member if you have any difficulty finding the McKim Exhibition Hall.