What visit to Boston would be complete without a visit to the beautiful Central Library of the Boston Public Library?
The BPL recently completed renovations on the Johnson Building, which contains the General Library Departments, housing the BPL’s largest circulating collection of materials, over 700,000 volumes.
The first phase of renovations, completed in 2015, featured a new Children’s Library, Teen Central, a community reading area, and Adult Reference area. The second phase included renovations to the buildings first floor, mezzanine, and exterior. The $78 million renovation also includes a new business innovation center and business library, a radio broadcasting studio for WGBH (FM), a 3D printer, and a café.
The following pictures are from my recent visit and self-guided tour. Not only was it exciting to see a shiny new library space, but also a space so full of people – even on a beautiful August weekend – bearing witness to the vitality and importance of libraries in society.
Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Boston!