BPL

By - 9/21/16 - 2:30 pm
New entrance between old and new wings of Copley Square BPL library

Not long after the Johnson wing of the BPL's main library went up, the story goes, an old lady became forever trapped in the stairs that were the only way to get between the new and old wings. The new renovations have finally fixed that.

UPDATE: When I originally posted this, I thought this was just one of those urban legends. But it turns out an elderly woman actually did die in a BPL corridor, although not one connecting the two wings, in 1977.

By - 9/1/16 - 2:39 pm
Words in Dudley Square

Through tomorrow, Now and There is sponsoring Ramirez Jonas to compile pledges of all sorts on a sign board outside the BPL branch in Dudley Square:

Ramirez Jonas, working with Boston performers, presents a billboard of constantly changing pledges - yours, mine, scientists’, and those of our presidential candidates. Together we’re making a piece of art about promises, those contracts we with make with each other and with ourselves, and the potent speech acts that keep a society together

By - 7/14/16 - 9:22 am

Alex Green can't say enough about the new non-dungeony insides:

A literary culture thrives on readers, and while our city has never lacked for those, it has gone long stretches with little in the way of public spaces in which they might feel inspired to gather. The Boston Public Library’s newly renovated Johnson building, which opened on July 9, so successfully embraces and celebrates the idea of being a literary public space that it has the potential to fill that absence for good.

By - 7/9/16 - 10:18 am

Boston Magazine takes us on a tour of the renovated Johnson wing of the main library in Copley Square. Read more.

By - 6/14/16 - 9:38 am

The Boston Public Library's board of trustees today offered the president's job to the man who's been running the BPL system since the last permanent president left.

David Leonard accepted the job, the week after the trustees' first choice decided not to leave San Jose, CA. Read more.

By - 6/10/16 - 2:08 pm

Jill Bourne, San Jose city librarian, has declined the Boston Public Library's offer to become its new president for "personal reasons," BPL announced today. Read more.

By - 5/21/16 - 1:01 pm
Jill Bourne

The Boston Public Library board of trustees today voted to ask Jill Bourne, currently city librarian for San Jose, CA, to fill the vacancy created when Amy Ryan resigned last year.

Bourne had served as head of the 23-branch San Jose system for almost three years. She previously spent almost seven years as deputy city librarian in San Francisco. Read more.

By - 4/26/16 - 12:44 pm

Kevin Williams, 40, of Waltham, was arraigned today on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer for an incident yesterday at the main BPL library in Copley Square, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 4/25/16 - 12:11 pm

One of the officers suffered a leg injury during the incident, around noon in the McKim wing.

By - 1/27/16 - 9:50 am
Graffitti on the front of the BPL in Copley Square

Zik is among the many outraged to see graffiti scrawled all along the Dartmouth Street side of the Copley Square library this morning.

By - 12/17/15 - 9:53 pm
Boston Public Library all lit up for the holidays

Louise Miller watched the changing display on the Dartmouth Street side of the Copley Square main library tonight.

Sophia enjoyed the show: Read more.

By - 12/4/15 - 3:16 pm

WBZ reports it was among the maps stolen more than 10 years ago by notorious map thief E. Forbes Smiley.

By - 11/30/15 - 11:26 am

Mayor Walsh's office announced today that Bob Gallery,president of Bank of America Massachusetts is the Boston Public Library's new trustees chairman.

Gallery replaces Jeffrey Rudman, who resigned this summer in the midst of the missing-prints brouhaha.

The case of the missing prints also forced the resignation of BPL President Amy Ryan; BPL is in the midst of preparing a search for a new library president.

Along with Gallery's appointment, the mayor's office also announced the appointment of Cheryl Cronin, a partner at Cronin & Leonard LLP, to the BPL board of trustees.

By - 11/10/15 - 3:18 pm

BPL trustees today agreed to rent space in the renovated Johnston building to WGBH, which will build a news bureau and studio, and the library's existing cafeteria operator, which will build a new cafe.

A tentative contract calls for WGBH to build an 800-square-foot bureau and anchor desk, where library visitors will be able to watch WGBH news people talk into microphones.

Also, BPL says: Read more.

By - 9/26/15 - 8:32 am

You can read more about Jean and Nick's wedding.

By - 8/21/15 - 4:48 pm
Hancock image

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (BPL) is hosting an exhibition, "We Are One, Mapping America's road from revolution to independence" to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the colonial resistance to the British Stamp Act.

This week, four new maps from the King George III Topographical Collection and other collections at the British Library were added to the exhibition. These maps are "one-of-a-kind", watercolor paintings in a beautiful 18th-century style. Read more.

By - 7/1/15 - 11:59 am

Anthony Sammarco reports somebody borrowed a collection of photos and documents related to the old West End from the BPL's West End branch and then just never returned them.

A collection of West End photographs and archives was loaned to someone who has not returned it to the West End Library. We are looking to recreate a collection on the Lost West End. Any photographs or materials on the once thriving neighborhood would be greatly appreciated. Please send to West End Library, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114. Let's recreate what has been lost by theft.

By - 6/26/15 - 6:58 pm
Pride flags at BPL

Sup3rmark shows us the main library in Copley Square today.

By - 6/22/15 - 8:27 am

The Globe gets an advance look at a report that tears into the Boston Public Library for the disarray of its valuable print collection.

By - 6/11/15 - 2:33 pm

BPL Board Chairman Jeffrey Rudman submitted his resignation today after a meeting with Mayor Walsh.

As with BPL President Amy Ryan, Rudman's resignation takes effect July 3. Read more.