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Reminder – Jamaica Plain branch to close for renovations August 1st

Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

In six weeks, the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will temporarily close for major renovations. In preparation for this closing, you may be seeing a lot of changes at the branch:

  • Collections are being weeded then inventoried to prepare for storage while the branch is closed
  • Staff are clearing out storage spaces to prepare for construction
  • Some furniture that is not being re-used in the renovation will soon go on the City of Boston Surplus site
  • As of July 1st, the collection will no longer be viewable in the online catalog, though materials will still be available for check out at the branch
  • As of July 1st, the Jamaica Plain branch will no longer be an option for picking up reserves
    • To change your pick up location – please see a staff member or follow these steps:
      • go to www.bpl.org
      • click “My Account”
      • Log in using your Library card number and PIN
      • Click on “My Settings” and select “Preferences”
      • Select another BPL location from the drop-down list

While the branch is closed, staff will provide some programming at the Curtis Hall Community Center. Keep an eye on this blog for updates throughout construction.

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Central Library Retail Space – Request for Proposals deadline extended

Posted on May 26th, 2015 by Ellen Donaghey in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Johnson building retail space was published on March 16. The deadline for responses has been extended to July 22, 2015.

Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the RFP may copy Carl Lehto in the Business Office at 617-859-2364 or email clehto@bpl.org

Faneuil Branch Library Programming Study Meeting

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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The final community meeting in the programming study phase of the Faneuil branch project will be held on Wednesday June 10th at 6pm at the Faneuil branch at 419 Faneuil Street, Brighton, MA 02135. Join members of the BPL staff, Tappé Architects, and City of Boston Property and Construction Management as they present the latest conceptual designs for a potential renovation of the branch.

If you’re unable to attend the meeting, you can still provide feedback by commenting on this post, sending an email to compass@bpl.org, or calling Christine Schonhart at 617-859-2340. Past meeting notes and presentations can be found here.

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Jamaica Plain Design Meeting

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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The last community meeting in the design process for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will be held on June 23rd at 6pm. Join the architects from Utile, Inc. BPL staff, and City of Boston project managers to hear the latest on the project.  The meeting will begin at 6pm at the branch at 12 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain. If you’re not able to come to the meeting, follow progress here.

A reminder that the branch will close temporarily for construction for 18-24 months beginning at 2 p.m. on August 1, 2015. After the branch is closed, patrons will not be able to borrow or  return materials to the branch and are welcome to visit our nearby Connolly, Egleston, or Roslindale branches, as well as any other BPL location.JPreno4_2_15

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.