Neighborhood Branch Libraries

Branch Capital Projects

Please visit this site often for updates on capital projects currently underway.

You can send comments or questions about capital projects in our branches to Priscilla Foley at pfoley@bpl.org.

BPL - Adams Street Branch

Adams Branch Programming Study

In FY18 the design process for the 65-year old Adams Street Branch will launch. The total project cost, including construction is estimated at $12.6 million.

In May 2017 a programming study that reviewed ADA accessibility, furniture and finishes, technology and program space, was completed in conjunction with architecture firm NADAA and a community advisory committee and will inform the design process.

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Chinatown Temporary Library Services and Long-Term Planning

Chinatown Temporary Library Services and Long-Term Planning

Library services will be restored to Chinatown after 54 years, fulfilling long-term community advocacy to restore library services to the neighborhood. Temporary library services will open at the China Trade Center located at 2 Boylston Street in Chinatown this winter and will include services such as a community gathering space, a place to study and learn, and access to computers and the internet. In addition the Chinatown Library Services Planning Study is underway to explore long-term library services for the community..

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Draft image of the new Dudley Branch entryway

Dudley Branch Renovation Project

At 5 p.m. on Friday, November 17 the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library will undergo a temporary closure for renovations with plans to reopen in Spring 2020. The $14.7 million renovation includes a new welcome area overlooking a redesigned plaza; improved visibility and openness; dedicated space for children, teens, and adults; a nutrition lab and learning lab; refreshed collections; and more. During the closure, Dudley Branch patrons are encouraged to use any of the BPL’s other locations throughout the city. For information on relocated programming during the Dudley Branch closure, please visit the Dudley Branch’s dedicated page.

This project is a collaboration between the Boston Public Library and the City of Boston’s Public Facilities and Arts & Culture Departments, under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Library is working with architecture firm Utile, Inc. and a community advisory committee on the design for the renovations.

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Draft image of the new Faneuil Branch entryway

Faneuil Branch Programming Study

The Boston Public Library is working with Tappé Architects and a community advisory committee on a programming study of the Faneuil branch of the Boston Public Library. The study will include a review of ADA accessibility, furniture and finishes, technology and program space.

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Fields Corner Branch Planning Study

Fields Corner Branch Planning Study

In FY18 planning will begin for a facility assessment and building program to identify the needs of the community, and condition of the current branch building.

Lower Mills Facility Improvements

Lower Mills Facility Improvements

In FY18 the Lower Mills Branch will undergo an interior reconfiguration project, which will include minor electrical and technology infrastructure upgrades, as well as new carpet, paint, and some furniture, with particular attention to the borrower services area.

Parker Hill Facility Improvements

Parker Hill Facility Improvements

The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library temporarily closed Saturday, July 1, 2017. The branch will be closed for approximately one year to address a series of façade and exterior problems to prevent future leaks at the branch. The project also includes interior painting, plaster repairs, masonry repairs, and window replacement.

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Roslindale Branch Library

Roslindale Branch Renovations

In FY18 the Boston Public Library will continue the design process for the renovation of the Roslindale Branch. The renovation design will reconfigure the layout of the interior of the building using as a starting point a planning study completed with the community in 2013. The total project cost including construction is estimated at $6.7 million.

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South Boston Facility Improvements

South Boston Facility Improvements

In FY18 the South Boston Branch will undergo a facilities project to improve landscaping and access to its exterior garden.

South End Facility Improvements

South End Facility Improvements

In FY18 the South End Branch will undergo an interior reconfiguration project, which will include major electrical and technology infrastructure upgrades, as well as new carpet, paint, and some furniture.

Uphams Corner Branch Planning Study

Uphams Corner Branch Planning Study

The former Bank of America building at 555 Columbia Road will be the future site of the $18 million Uphams Corner Branch. In FY18 planning will begin to reimagine library services and spaces for the Uphams Corner neighborhood.

West Roxbury Facility Improvements

West Roxbury Facility Improvements

In FY18 the West Roxbury Branch will undergo an interior reconfiguration project, which will include minor electrical and technology infrastructure upgrades.

Branch Facilies Review

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.

Click on the image to the left to read the full report.