May 20, 2022

Massachusetts: Just Opened: Photos and Video of Renovated Second Floor of Boston’s Central Library

The renovated second floor of the Boston’s Central Library (Copley Sq.) officially opened yesterday (February 21, 2015). Phase two of the Central Library renovation will open this summer.

Direct to Updated Library Renovation Fact Sheet (2 pages; PDF)

From WBUR:

The renewed second floor—the first phase of an ongoing renovation of the Johnson Building—radiates warm reds, purples, greens. It arrives as a surprise and a wonder. The redesign by the Boston architectural firm, William Rawn Associates, and being built by Consigli Construction, headquartered in Milford, offers a new Children’s Library, teen room, adult nonfiction shelves, and lots of cozy places to sit. It’s sleek, colorful, mod, with lots of sunlight streaming in. The driving philosophy is to make the giant library more like a lounge or café, a cozy comfortable place. Coffee and snacks are welcome.

“We’re trying to create a space where people want to hang out and be in. Librarians are more mobile,” Colford says. “Through the whole Internet age, people now more than ever want to come together and be a community.”

And, notes library spokesperson Rosemary Lavery, “People are amazed that it’s all free.”

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Video of Ribbon Cutting and Renovated Second Floor From WHDH

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