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Central Library Renovation Reopening: Refreshed Collections

by mschuler

AEB_2836Visitors to the Central Library can now enjoy refreshed and updated Fiction, World Languages, and Movies & Music collections. Not only do theses collections showcase new materials, but they are also sorted, arranged, and displayed for optimal user-friendly browsing.

Stop by and browse through Fiction on the Johnson building’s revamped first floor and mezzanine. Along with new books and new editions of core, classic novels, the fiction collection is also arranged by genre to provide you with the best experience for browsing and exploration. Discover and locate book titles grouped under: sci fi/fantasy, urban fiction, large print, general fiction, mystery, romance, graphic novels, and new books. In addition, user tools such as staff recommendations and picks line the shelves, helping visitors explore and discover new books.

Visitors to the first floor can also dig into a wide variety of audiobooks, movies, and music. The Movies & Music section has newly added DVDs and CDs, and the space also includes five new computers—one ADA-height catalog station, two stations for browsing catalogs, and two stations for accessing streaming collections.

On the mezzanine, explore the expanded World Languages collection, including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books in such languages as Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. The section also holds recently acquired titles in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, German, and Italian.

Patrons who have placed books on hold will pick them up across from the Borrower Services desk , and AV holds can be picked at the Borrower Services desk.

4 Responses to “Central Library Renovation Reopening: Refreshed Collections”

  1. theszak says:

    Streaming video available from home with your library card number?… What streaming video sources through BPL are available from home?

    • BPL News says:


      Many popular movies and television programs can be streamed through our Hoopla subscription. But you’ll find several other resources for streaming video on our electronic resources pages. There you’ll find more than movies, but also dance, theatre, and opera performances, as well as historical Boston TV news reports.

  2. theszak says:

    More information is needed about each the listings.

    • BPL News says:

      We welcome you to come visit the Central Library and a staff member is happy to answer any questions you may have about our collections.