The opening date for the new East Boston Branch is Saturday, November 2, at 11 a.m. The new facility, currently undergoing construction, is at the corner of Bremen and Prescott Streets in East Boston and faces Bremen Street Park.
In order to prepare for the opening of the new branch library facility, the two existing library branches in East Boston will have staggered ends to their public service hours in September and October. The final day of public service at the Orient Heights Branch, located at 18 Barnes Avenue, will be Friday, September 6. Service hours will end at 5 p.m. that day. The final day of public service at the current East Boston Branch, located at 276 Meridian Street, will be Friday, October 4. Service hours will end at 5 p.m. that day.
During the month of September, Orient Heights Branch users are encouraged to use the current East Boston Branch. During the month of October, all East Boston residents are encouraged to use any of Boston Public Library’s other locations throughout the city, including the West End Branch at 151 Cambridge Street, located near the Bowdoin stop of the MBTA’s Blue Line. An interactive map of locations is available on the Boston Public Library website.
Books, CDs, and DVDs will be moved from the existing East Boston branches and blended in with thousands of new items purchased specifically for the new Bremen Street location. Library staff will work in the new facility throughout the month of October in preparation for the November 2 public opening.
A fact sheet (PDF) about the new East Boston Branch is available for download from the Boston Public Library website and ongoing construction updates are available via the library’s Compass blog. “Compass” is the name of Boston Public Library’s strategic plan.
Boston Public Library’s new East Boston Branch was designed by William Rawn Associates Architects and is a capital project of the City of Boston. The new branch is approximately 15,000 square feet in size, more than double the combined public space of the current branches in East Boston. The new library will have onsite parking, a dedicated teen space, multipurpose room, early literacy resources, and a variety of other user-friendly features. The project budget is $17.25 million. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners supported the project with a grant of $7.25 million. The street address of the new East Boston Branch is 365 Bremen Street.
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