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The BPL Compass

Major Projects in FY13

by Gina Perille

Throughout FY13, the Boston Public Library will engage in a range of major projects across the system. The projects represent investments in energy efficiency, technology, children & teens, and space rejuvenation. It is anticipated that the BPL will expend between $14 million and $16 million on capital projects systemwide in FY13. Nearly half of those funds will be committed to the new East Boston Branch scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2013.

The balance of the funding will be allocated for major projects that can be organized into three general categories:

  1. Systemwide improvements — examples include a systemwide facilities review to examine how all library locations and spaces meet the eight Compass principles; increased use of the Archival Center; the new integrated library system, more self check-out machines, and a new pay-for-print system.
  2. Branch projects — examples include nearly 20 projects, ranging from the new branch for East Boston noted above to an outdoor reading garden for the South Boston Branch.
  3. Central Library projects — examples include energy improvements, piping and waterproofing, wayfinding, and studies on potential improvements to the Johnson Building.

Visit the BPL Compass blog in the coming weeks for additional information on systemwide improvements, branch projects, and Central Library projects.

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