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Central Library Renovation Updated Fact Sheet

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Central Library Renovation, Major Projects

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.


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 Central Library Renovation, Major Projects

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.


Central Library Renovation: November Construction Views

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Central Library Renovation, Major Projects

Here is a view of the second floor of the Johnson building where nonfiction collections, reference services, and a community reading area will be located as well as a new children’s library and teen space. What’s shown is stacks and stacks of stacks that are in the process of being assembled and installed around the second floor to hold the nonfiction collection. Newly-constructed restrooms are in the background and the entrance to Teen Central is off to the right. Teen Central will house its own collections as well as a digital lab, lounge for gaming and films, and a quiet study area.


Central Library Renovation: Moves

Posted on November 4th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Central Library Renovation, Major Projects

Audiobooks and DVDs are now located in the Orientation Room, which is on the first floor of the McKim building. Soon, new books — fiction and nonfiction — will also be located in the Orientation Room.IMG_0139_500

To find the Orientation Room (pictured above): Enter on Dartmouth Street and turn left before you reach the main staircase. The Orientation Room is ahead of you. Refer to the library’s map or speak to a staff member if you have any difficulty finding the Orientation Room.

Additional moves include: CDs to the Arts department (completed), which is on the third floor of the McKim building; and self pick-up of books on hold to the lower level of the McKim building (upcoming).

Central Library Renovation: November 17

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by Gina Perille in Central Library Renovation, Major Projects

NotificationBoylstonEntrance2_300The date has been set for the closing of the Boylston Street entrance to the Central Library in Copley Square. The Boylston Street entrance will close on Monday, November 17. This is a significant milestone in the renovation project. As of November 17, the public will enter the Central Library only via Dartmouth Street. Prior to that date, a ramp will be added to the Dartmouth Street entrance so that there is an accessible way to enter the Central Library.

There will be a significant amount of activity inside the Central Library on November 17 in addition to the closing of the Boylston Street entrance. Children’s services, teen services, and borrower services will begin their move to the McKim building that day. There will be a one-week period when the children’s and teens’ collection of books and computers are unavailable; that will be the week when these items are in transit. The nonfiction collection also moves in November. There will be a two-week period when nonfiction books — other than the newest titles — will be unavailable. Once the move is complete, older nonfiction books will be available as a reserve or hold, or through paging by library staff until the renovated second floor opens (expected in March 2015).