By - 2/23/15 - 8:26 am
Inside the renovated Johnson wing of the BPL main branch in Copley Square

A roving UHub photographer took this panorama inside the renovated Johnson wing of the BPL main branch in Copley Square.

By - 2/22/15 - 1:50 pm
New second floor children's library at the BPL in Copley Square

The BPL formally opened its revamped modern wing at the main library in Copley Square yesterday. Whitney Wilson loved the new children's library.

Greg Cook also toured the updated wing:

The first thing you notice about the renovation of the second floor of the Johnson Building at the Boston Public Library’s central Copley Square branch ... is the color.

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By - 12/15/14 - 9:48 pm

The BPL has released a list of the ten books taken out most frequently in 2014:

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  5. Inferno by Dan Brown
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  7. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  8. Catching Fire by Suzanne
  9. ... Read more
By - 12/6/14 - 12:00 pm

The Herald reports on the battle between the BPL board of trustees, who think it's dandy to decorate the main library with Christmas wreathes, and a Back Bay resident who wants to supplement the wreathes with a menorah.

The mayor, who appoints library trustees, has decided it's "not his place" to try to convince them otherwise.

Good ol' Joe Fitzgerald, who for years wrote... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 5:29 pm
Steve Murphy

The City Council today approved a hearing on BPL finances to rein in what at-large City Councilor Steve Murphy called an apparent "shadow government" overseeing Boston libraries

Murphy and Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) requested the hearing after Murphy read that BPL President Amy Ryan was routinely getting $20,000 bonuses atop her six-figure salary - even back in 2010, when Mayor... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 12:23 pm
Frank Baker

UPDATE: The Dorchester Reporter reports Baker doesn't want to rent out space in libraries but instead wants to look at how to include libraries in new mixed-use developments, such as the one that will eventually replace the Globe complex on Morrissey Boulevard.

City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) will ask his fellow counselors tomorrow to consider the idea of turning some branch libraries into revenue... Read more

By - 8/15/14 - 10:41 am

WGBH takes a look at the Boston Public Library's push to get rid of books that people no longer check out - and why not everybody agrees with it.

By - 7/11/14 - 9:49 am
Boring dancers in Copley Square, Back Bay

A concerned citizen complains about the lack of action outside the BPL in Copley Square:

Trio of would-be hip-hoppers have blocked off a large part of sidewalk in front of BPL and are not even dancing. Most boring show ever.

By - 4/15/14 - 8:12 am
Tags at the Boston Public Library

The BPL's main library in Copley Square currently has an exhibit (in the old, McKim wing) of memorials left by runners and visitors after the Marathon last year. At the end of your walk are several budding trees - and blank tags on which you can write a new message.

At the Old North Church in the North End, you'll find another collection of tags... Read more

By - 4/13/14 - 10:32 am
Inside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square

Photographynatalia stitched together a panorama of the steps inside the McKim wing of the BPL in Copley Square.

Copyright Photographynatalia. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/28/14 - 5:45 pm
BPL in Lego bricks

Evolving Critic closely examines a Lego model of the central library, on display through April 5 - inside the library itself (hmm, wonder if there could be a smaller model of the model library inside the model library ...)

By - 3/25/14 - 9:49 am

The BPL says a deal with a streaming-media company will let people with library cards stream up to ten movies, TV series, albums or audio books a month.

To use the Hoopla service, you'll need to first download a client (for more modern browsers on iOS, PCs or Android devices), then have your library card and PIN ready to ... Read more

By - 10/1/13 - 11:29 am

Maya Jonas-Silver alerts us that with the Library of Congress now shut, the BPL is the largest accessible library system in the U.S. (and Harvard moves up to second).

Also, for what it's worth, many of the sites on the Freedom Trail, including the Old State House, remain open. Old Ironsides and the Bunker Hill Monument, however, are closed for the duration.... Read more

By - 9/3/13 - 12:36 pm

The Boston Public Library says it now offers online versions of magazines to cardholders. You'll need to download some reader software and then set up two separate accounts (one at BPL, one at Zinio, the company that makes the reader you'll be using), but it's free and there are some 100 magazines available this way.... Read more

By - 8/30/13 - 3:12 pm

In the downstairs children's room.In the downstairs children's room.

The small Orient Heights library has just a few more days of life left before it's shut down as the BPL readies the brand-new - and larger - East Boston library on Bremen Street. That... Read more

By - 8/10/13 - 12:28 pm

The BPL mobile app (available for iOS and Android devices) lets users search the catalog, put holds on books, rate them and then call a library. There's also a Web version for users of other mobile devices (hey there, BlackBerry) which offers much of the same functionality.

Via Mike the Mad Biologist.... Read more

By - 8/1/13 - 11:10 pm

New East Boston library

The Boston Public Library said today that the new East Boston branch at Bremen and Prescott streets is slated to open Nov. 2.

The BPL said the tiny Orient Heights branch will close Sept. 6 and the Meridian Street branch... Read more

By - 4/6/13 - 5:56 pm

Card catalog

We wandered around the BPL in Copley Square today, and the kidlet got her first ever look at an actual card catalog - and microfiche readers - in the shabbier, lesser known reading room, the one upstairs from the grand Bates Hall reading room, the one... Read more

By - 4/2/13 - 4:58 pm

Shuttered BPL in Copley Square

Tristan reports a water-main break shut the main BPL library in Copley Square today.... Read more

By - 3/25/13 - 1:17 pm

Mayor Menino announced the new program - in which iPads will come "preloaded with bestselling books and apps to connect them with job searching, social media, and language-learning tools" - in a speech today before the Boston Municipal Research Bureau.

Menino also pledged to have 30,000 new housing units built in Boston by 2020 - and that not all of them would be luxury apartments... Read more