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Central Library Renovation Reopening: Lifelong Learning

by mschuler

AEB_3325From college preparation to literacy and tech classes to talks and lectures, the Central Library Renovation provides a place for lifelong learning in Boston. Enjoy classes, events, and programs in new cutting-edge spaces, or book a meeting room for a small group.

The revamped Rabb Hall, located on the lower level of the Johnson building, is a state-of-the-art auditorium for lectures and programs. The space has a capacity of 323 with 306 seats, new carpet, theater-quality lighting, a new projection display system and speakers, wood wall panels with acoustical treatment for optimized sound, and updated technology for filming and streaming programs. Rabb Hall includes space for up to 17 wheelchairs and a new lift that will assist patrons and presenters.

Rabb Hall is home to the BPL’s Lowell Lecture series, Author Talks and other high-profile lectures, as well as new programming such as a fall/winter concert series and theater productions performed in conjunction with the library’s Shakespeare-themed exhibition in fall 2016. Rabb Hall is also available for nonprofit and community meetings and events.

Learning and discovery continues on the Johnson building’s mezzanine level in the Community Learning Center, which includes three conference rooms and the Classroom. In the Classroom, which houses 20 computers, the public can take a variety of computer-themed classes, including beginner- to intermediate-level computer classes and workshops on tablets, social media, and career resources. The three conference rooms are for ESL conversation groups and classes, ESL tutoring, adult basic education workshops, literacy-themed classes, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services information sessions, community-based organization legal clinics, and more. In addition the three conference rooms are available for the public to book for community meetings as outlined in the BPL’s Meeting Room Use Policy.

The Central Library Renovation also provides space for one of the Boston Public Library’s partner organizations, the ASA College Planning Center. From its new location in the lower level of the Johnson building, as well as throughout the branches, the nonprofit continues to help young people and adults from all backgrounds plan for college and find sources of financial aid.