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Central Library Renovation: Elevators

Posted on December 9th, 2014 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

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.

The image below and this PDF document indicates the location of these elevators on the first floor. View the complete Central Library map here.


Central Library Renovation: December Construction Views

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

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).



Central Library Renovation: Moves

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

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.

Central Library Renovation: Community Learning Center

Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

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

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.