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Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee Announces Listening Sessions

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee will host two listening sessions in the coming weeks. The sessions on Monday, November 30 and Saturday, December 12 will be an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on what qualities they believe the next leader of the Boston Public Library (BPL) should have in an open and conversational forum. Additional listening sessions in neighborhoods across the city will be added and announced as the BPL Presidential Search continues.

“The inaugural listening session at the Mattapan Branch provided information that will contribute to how the Search Committee evaluates candidates for the position of BPL President,” said John Palfrey, Chair of the BPL Presidential Search Committee. “It’s very important to hear from a diversity of voices, and I encourage Bostonians to be a part of this process.”

The listening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Brighton Branch of the BPL, 40 Academy Hill Rd
  • Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. – Central Library in Copley Square, Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston St

For those who are unable to attend a listening session, the public is encouraged to tweet comments at the Boston Public Library Twitter handle via @bplboston and at Presidential Search Committee Chair John Palfrey at @jpalfrey. In addition, comments can be submitted via

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee is charged with locating, recruiting, interviewing, and evaluating top candidates for the position of BPL President in conjunction with executive search firm, Spencer Stuart.


Mayor Walsh Celebrates Groundbreaking on Renovations to Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library

Posted on September 25th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Public Library and its Board of Trustees, the City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management Department, and the Jamaica Plain community, celebrated a groundbreaking for a major renovation project for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library located at 12 Sedgwick Street. The renovations to the building, constructed in 1911, will provide more than a 20% increase in space for the community to read, browse the book collection, access computers, attend and host meetings, and participate in programming.

“Libraries are at the heart of every Boston neighborhood, and the Jamaica Plain community is passionate about their community,” said Mayor Walsh. “This investment in the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library will provide new opportunities for learning to children, teens, and adults, and serve as a meeting place for neighbors.”

“Investing in our neighborhood libraries, and expanding learning and opportunity to all corners of the City, is core to the Boston Public Library’s mission,” said John Hailer, Interim Chair of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees. “Thank you to Mayor Walsh for making this commitment to the Jamaica Plain Branch, and I look forward to gathering here again for the ribbon cutting.”

“The JP community has been advocating for these renovations for many years. Thanks to a great collaboration between neighbors, City Hall, and the BPL, this project is moving forward, and the new features of the Jamaica Plain Branch will be truly reflective of the needs of this diverse community,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library.

The $10 million renovation includes: a 700-square foot addition facing South Street that will serve as a community reading lounge; a terrace along Sedgwick street where residents can read and mingle; multiple meeting spaces; improved and more flexible space for children, teens and adults; and a refreshed collection of 30,000 books. Technology improvements include 15 new desktop and 20 laptop computers, free WiFi, additional self-checkout stations, and a creative suite of software in the new digital maker-space. Other features include an elevator for full ADA accessibility to all levels, new and more efficient mechanical systems, parking for over 20 bikes, and new exterior landscaping.

To determine priorities in the building redesign, the Boston Public Library, the City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management team, and Utile, Inc. Architecture & Planning, the design firm for the project, collaborated closely with the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the community at-large. The general contractor for the project is Colantonio, Inc.

The Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL will be closed throughout the renovation and is anticipated to re-open in spring 2017. During the construction Jamaica Plain residents are encouraged to use the nearby Connolly Branch of the BPL located at 433 Centre St, and the Egleston Square Branch of the BPL, located at 2044 Columbus Avenue.

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit


Boston Public Library President Announces Collection Management and Systemwide Safety and Security Action Plans

Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

Today, Boston Public Library (BPL) President Amy E. Ryan announced action plans for the BPL’s collection management and systemwide safety and security. The plans include an expanded and accelerated inventory and assessment of Special Collections with a focus on the most important and valuable, the transfer of 24,000 paper catalog cards to the electronic catalog over 12 months, and a completed comprehensive Systemwide Safety and Security Plan by the end of July 2015.

President Ryan made the announcement at a special meeting of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees at the Central Library in Copley Square. The meeting included an update on the ongoing investigations into two missing artworks, the recently released external Operational and Financial Assessment of BPL by Chrysalis Management, LLC, an overview of the library’s systemwide safety and security, and an overview of BPL collection management.

Collection Management Action Plan

  • Inventory of the Print Collection
    • Expert preservationist Dr. Martha Mahard, with 35 years of experience at Harvard University, has begun an item-by-item inventory of all 200,000 prints and drawings and 120,000 chromolithographs to be completed by the end of the year.
    • Print staff redeployed to inventory; public service curtailed
      • Digital access remains


Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan Named Chair of Digital Public Library of America

Posted on May 5th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

ARBoston Public Library President Amy Ryan has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a term which begins in July and is effective for two years. The Digital Public Library of America ( develops systems to share digital content from American libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other community centers in a centralized, online environment. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more.

“Amy’s deep commitment to enabling access and discoverability of Boston’s cultural artifacts transcends across the state and country, and she will be a valuable resource as the Chair of the Digital Public Library of America,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Her leadership and vision ensure our collective history will be preserved and utilized for learners of all ages.” (more…)

Are You Money Smart?

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by admin in General

The library invites children, teens, and adults to get “Money Smart” from April 18-25, in conjunction with Money Smart Week, a national initiative to educate consumers on ways to manage their personal finances. Learn about online account safety, budgeting basics, investing, planning for retirement, and more. All programs, classes, and workshops take place at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. View the BPL calendar for details on specific workshops or download the flyer.

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