Capital Projects

Mayor Walsh’s FY19 Capital Budget reflects a deep commitment to library services throughout Boston’s neighborhoods, as well as a commitment to the preservation of the Boston Public Library’s historic cultural legacy, collections, and buildings.

Capital Projects Overview FY19

  • Design processes will launch this year at the Egleston Square and Faneuil branches, and continue at the Adams Street, Roslindale, and Uphams Corner branches.
  • A site selection review will begin for a permanent home for a new Chinatown Branch, and planning will begin to envision a renovation of the BPL’s historic McKim building at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Currently in renovation, the Parker Hill Branch will reopen in summer 2018 following an almost year-long closure for renovations, and the Dudley Branch will remain closed for its $14.7 million renovation project, now underway, with plans to reopen in spring 2020.
  • In FY19 planning continues for the $15.7 million renovation of Special Collections preservation spaces at the Central Library in Copley Square, a project expected to move from design into construction later in 2018.
  • Small-scale facilities improvements at Lower Mills, South Boston, South End, and West Roxbury branches will be completed in FY19.

Branch Facilities Review

From December 2012 through February 2013, a review of all Boston Public Library branch locations was conducted. The goal of the review was to evaluate how successfully the branches meet the Principles for Excellence established by the Compass: Strategic Plan approved by the library’s Board of Trustees on November 15, 2011.

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