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Central Library Renovation: Moves

Posted on June 28th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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The Central Library’s fiction collection is now located on the lower level of the McKim Building (pictured below) along with romance titles, large print, and the world language collection. If you enter the library via Dartmouth Street, follow the gold signs to the lower level.

Next in line for moves are Tech Central and the Teen Room. Tech Central will move to the Washington Room, which is on the second floor of the McKim building, and the Teen Room will move to the Boston Room, which is on the first floor of the Johnson building. View the library’s current building directory (which will be updated later this summer).

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Dudley Branch: Conference Room Upgrades

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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dudley conference roomSince March, the Library has been working on the small conference room at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. New paint, carpet, white board, and picture rails were installed. Chairs from the former East Boston branch replaced the well-worn chairs, and the conference table was refinished. The Friends have already begun to hang art in the room making it a joyful, welcoming and comfortable space for small group meetings.

A special thank you goes to the carpenters, laborers, painters, staff at the branch and custodians for additional assistance to help make the place feel clean, welcoming, and refreshed.

If you’d like to reserve the conference room for small group use, please contact the branch at 617.442.6186.

Central Library Renovation: Furniture Review

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Ellen Donaghey in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

As part of the Central Library renovation project, the BPL is undertaking a review of furniture and other items that have been stored in the basement of the Johnson building and in other areas in the Central Library. Senior library team members review these items to determine if an item should be retained, surplused, sold or discarded.

Items to be retained are those that have an identified or potential future or reuse within the BPL system or have significant historic value to the library. All items are carefully reviewed prior to being placed on surplus. This ensures that only items that have no use to the BPL are being surplused. Items to be disposed of have no value. Typically, these items are beyond reclamation, with no salvage value or are obsolete.

Items to be surplused or sold may still have a useful life, but are no longer of direct use to Boston Public Library. Under state surplus laws, the library must first offer these items to other City of Boston agencies. Items may also be surplused to other municipalities or to state agencies for no charge. If no other governmental agency claims the item off surplus, it may then be offered for sale. These items are listed on the city auction site, which can be viewed via www.municibid.com/storecatalog.asp?userid=723.

Updated on July 18: surplus items from Boston Public Library now have a dedicated page on the municipal bid site. Go to http://www.municibid.com/storecatalog.asp?userid=16097.

Pay-for-Print Service Kiosks

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by David Leonard in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
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KioskNew pay-for-print service kiosks will be arriving at the Central Library and the branches over the summer. At the Central Library, the kiosks will be installed area-by-area throughout the building to directly replace the existing pay-for-print machines. The area scheduled for the first installation at the Central Library is Tech Central.

At the branches, the kiosks will be delivered and placed near already-identified kiosk location. A group from the library’s IT team will visit each branch once required software upgrades are ready. The IT team will demonstrate to branch colleagues how the kiosks will be used by library patrons, and will conduct training for the branch staff.

Implementing this new system has several benefits:

  • Patrons will use a single system system for printing and copying
  • Introduction of a credit card payment option, which is in response to many requests
  • An option to pay overdue fines via the kiosk
  • Submission of print jobs via mobile devices (limited initially to any laptop on the BPL WIFI network)
  • Producing satisfactory audit reports
  • Existing equipment is unreliable; a problem for public, staff, and IT support.

Central Library Renovation: Teen Central

Posted on June 24th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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The second floor of the Johnson Building continues to be an active construction site. The images below show the in-progress Teen Central. The current teen room at the Central Library in Copley Square will move from the mezzanine level to the Boston Room on the first floor of the Johnson Building. (View the Central Library map.) Find it under the “Borrower Services” sign when entering on Boylston Street. Teen services will operate out of the Boston Room until it’s time to reopen the second floor.

A view toward the Teen Central entrance, located on the second floor of the Johnson Building.

A view toward the Teen Central entrance, located on the second floor of the Johnson Building.

A view inside Teen Central where a lounge and lab will be built.

A view inside Teen Central where a gaming lounge and digital lab will be built.