January 23, 2022

Independent Libraries: Boston Athenaeum Plans Big Expansion

From The Boston Globe:

The Boston Athenaeum announced Thursday that it had signed a long-term lease at neighboring 14 Beacon St. that will allow the independent library to expand by almost 20,000 square feet.


News of the expansion comes a week after Athenaeum director Elizabeth Barker announced her impending departure from the library, following a tumultuous tenure that has been marked by internal struggles and staff shake-ups. According to former employees, many of the disagreements revolved around Barker’s push to modernize the historic library, and a generally “hostile” work environment.

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