Update on the South End Branch Closure

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As you may know, the branch experienced a serious flood recently. After a careful assessment of the condition of the branch, we have determined that the branch would need to be closed for an additional 12-20 months beyond our expectations to install replacement systems and make repairs.

While this was a much longer timeline than we expected, working with an engineering firm and other experts, we’ve explored the damage to the branch’s electrical, mechanical, data, and plumbing systems, and is clear that all of the systems, along with all the supporting cabling and wiring, were damaged beyond repair and need replacing.

Based on the draft schematic provided to us by the engineering firm, and initial discussions with elected officials and community members, our partners at the City of Boston have decided that instead of pursuing these extensive repairs, we will instead move forward with an expedited programming study and design project, which will begin in early 2023.

In the interim, our staff are currently working on providing additional outreach services and programming in the community. Please continue to check bpl.org and our social media calendar for additional programming updates.

We’ve scheduled the community meeting Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 6:30PM.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to returning services to the community as soon as possible.