Neighborhood Branch Libraries

Branch 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. 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. The budget also adds a new programming study for the South End Branch.

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.

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

BPL - Adams Street Branch

Adams Street Branch Design Study

In FY19 the design process for the 65-year-old Adams Street Branch will complete and then move into construction. The total project budget has been increased from $12.6 million to $18.3 million and will accommodate a new branch at the site of the existing location.

The design process launched in FY18 is led by NADAAA architects in partnership with the BPL, the City of Boston Public Facilities Department, and the community. The design process is informed by a programming study completed in May 2017.

  • Design process continues in FY19 with NADAAA architects & PFD
  • Total budget increase of nearly 50% - from $12.6M to $18M
  • First Community Advisory Committee Meeting for design process is May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Project History

 
BPL - Central

Central Library, McKim Study

In FY19 planning will begin on a re-imagining of the non-renovated floors of the McKim building at the Central Library in Copley Square. Immediate improvements will include repairs to the Courtyard fountain and repairs and updates to the Dartmouth Street plaza and entrance, including accessibility improvements.

  • Total budget allotted for McKim study is $400,000
  • $100,000 allotted for FY19 to fund Courtyard fountain, McKim Plaza repairs
  • Deliverable: updated master plan
Chinatown Temporary Library Services and Long-Term Planning

Chinatown Permanent Library Services Site Review

In FY19 BPL will begin reviewing viable sites for a permanent location for library services in Chinatown. The FY19 budget includes $100,000 for the review, and will use the Chinatown Library Services Planning Study, completed in 2017, and feedback from the recently opened temporary space to inform the process.

The temporary Boston Public Library Chinatown space opened in February 2018, fulfilling long-term community advocacy to restore library services to the neighborhood. BPL Chinatown is located at 2 Boylston Street in Chinatown and includes services such as a community gathering space, a place to study and learn, and access to computers and the internet.

  • $100,000 designated for review of viable sites for permanent BPL Chinatown location
  • 2017 Chinatown Library Services Planning Study will inform this work
  • Temporary BPL Chinatown services opened in February 2018

Project History

 
Draft image of the new Dudley Branch entryway

Dudley Branch Renovation Project

The Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library is temporarily closed for renovations with plans to reopen in spring 2020. The $17.2 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.

Project History

 
Egleston

Egleston Square Branch Programming Study

In FY19 a programming study will launch at the Egleston Square Branch to assess the interior and exterior physical conditions of the building and to identify the library services needs of the community. The total renovation budget is $12.1 million.

  • Programming study kicks off in FY19
  • Total project budget is $12.1M
Draft image of the new Faneuil Branch entryway

Faneuil Branch Design Study

In FY19 the design process for the renovation of the Faneuil Branch will begin. The process is informed by a 2015 programming study, which reviewed ADA accessibility, furniture and finishes, technology, and program space. The total project budget is $12.6 million.

  • Design process kicks off in FY19
  • Programming study was completed in 2015
  • $530,000 allotted in FY19
  • Total project cost $12.6M

Project History

 
Fields Corner Branch Planning Study

Fields Corner Branch Programming Study

A $12.10 million investment for the Fields Corner Branch includes a facility assessment, developing a building program, and supporting the construction of a new facility that reflects the BPL’s Compass Principles and supports the needs of the community. In FY19 planning will continue on a facility assessment and building program.

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Jamaica Plain

Mayor Walsh’s FY19 budget includes a $200,000 investment to create and install permanent artwork at the newly-renovated Jamaica Plain Branch. This is an Arts & Culture Department led project using funds from the “Percent for Art” capital allocation.

Lower Mills Facility Improvements

Lower Mills Facility Improvements

In FY19 an interior reconfiguration project at the Lower Mills Branch will continue, including minor electrical upgrades, as well as some new flooring, paint, and some furniture, with particular attention to the borrower services desk. Designer selection was recently completed.

Parker Hill Facility Improvements

Parker Hill Facility Improvements

The Parker Hill Branch will reopen in summer 2018 following a one-year closure. The $2.4 million project includes interior painting, plaster repairs, masonry repairs, and window replacement.

  • Opens summer 2018 after one-year closure
  • $2.4M budget

Project History

 
Roslindale Branch Library

Roslindale Branch Renovations

In FY19 the design process for the renovation of the Roslindale Branch will continue. The total project budget has been increased by 50% from $6.7 million to $10.2 million in response to the updated design & community review process. The renovation will focus on a reconfiguration and updating of the interior of the building.

The design process launched in FY17 is led by Leers Weinzapfel Associates in partnership with the BPL, the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, and the community. The design process is informed by a programming study completed in 2013.

South Boston Facility Improvements

South Boston Facility Improvements

In FY19 the South Boston Branch facilities improvements, including landscaping and access to its exterior garden, will continue. Designer selection was recently completed.

South End Facility Improvements

South End Facility Improvements

In FY19 the South End Branch interior reconfiguration project continues, which includes electrical upgrades, as well as new carpet, paint, and some furniture. This project is funded by the FY18 capital budget and additional funds raised by the local Friends group.

Programming Study

Mayor Walsh’s FY19-FY23 Recommended Budget identifies $100,000 for a programming study at the location to be scheduled during FY20; to assess the facility, review neighborhood needs, and develop an updated building program.

Uphams Corner Branch Planning Study

Uphams Corner Branch Planning Study

In FY19 planning for reimagined library services for the Uphams Corner neighborhood will continue. BPL is working with the Boston Planning and Development Agency on a multi-use RFP and planning process for the new $18M Uphams Corner Branch, at a location to be finalized as part of the BPDA-led RFP process.

West Roxbury Facility Improvements

West Roxbury Facility Improvements

In FY19 the West Roxbury Branch interior reconfiguration project will continue, including minor electrical and technology infrastructure upgrades. Designer selection was recently completed.

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.