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Central Library Renovation: Moves

Posted on November 30th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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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.

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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.

Central Library Renovation: Community Learning Center

Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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A photo of the architects’ model showing the fiction section and new stairway to mezzanine.

As part of the second phase of the Central Library renovation, the mezzanine level of the Johnson building will become home to a new Community Learning Center.

This area will have seating for small-group tutoring, a series of small conference rooms for conversation circles and other collaborative work, an updated public classroom, and library collections including world languages and literacy. This space will also feature a gallery of artwork from the library’s own print collection.

The section of the mezzanine that sits above the fiction collection along Exeter Street will include the romance, science fiction/fantasy, urban fiction, and graphic novel genres. New stairways from the first floor to the mezzanine will provide additional points of access and a more unified feel.

Central Library Renovation: Construction Views

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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More and more detail work is in progress up on the second floor of the Johnson building. The top image below shows the approach to the new children’s library from elevators. In the distance, you can see some of the red nonfiction shelving that has been assembled. The second photo is a look inside the program room within the children’s library. The natural light is streaming in from one of the newly-replaced second-floor windows.

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Central Library Renovation Updated Fact Sheet

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Download a copy of the library’s updated Central Library renovation fact sheet. On the fact sheet, find information on the project goals, master plan process, construction phases, timeline, and budget.

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PDF document, two pages (2.5 MB)

The library continues to post updates on project progress via this blog. Click here for all posts related to the Central Library renovation.

Central Library Renovation: New Windows

Posted on November 10th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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The replacement of the windows on the second floor of the Johnson building is well underway. There are nine arched windows in all — three along Blagden Street, three along Exeter Street, and three along Boylston Street. The new windows are energy efficient, more transparent than their tinted predecessors, and have more space between each mullion.

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