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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.

By - 6/5/15 - 2:38 pm

City Councilor Steve Murphy said today he has postponed a planned hearing Monday on the Boston Public Library's handling of valuable prints and other items, not because two of those items, worth an estimated $630,000, turned up misfiled rather than stolen, but because he does not want to "compromise the integrity" of federal and city investigations into "the whereabouts of library valuables." Read More

By - 6/4/15 - 4:02 pm
Found prints at the Boston Public Library

Amy Ryan, BPL Conservation Officer Lauren Schott and the prints.

The Boston Public Library reported this afternoon an employee found the two prints that had gone missing more than a year ago. They weren't stolen, they were just misfiled.

The Rembrandt and Dürer were found together in Row 14B, Bay 3 on Shelf 2, approximately 80 feet from where the items should have been filed. Fourteen staff members searched 180,000 of the print stack’s 320,000 items (including 200,000 prints and drawings in the Print Collection and 120,000 chromolithographs), totaling 38 rows of the 60 rows of print stacks, or about 60% of the inventory. Nine offices, work rooms, and reading rooms had also been searched. The Durer and Rembrandt have been refiled.

Suddenly outgoing BPL President Amy Ryan announced the find not long after at-large City Councilor Steve Murphy called for all of the library trustees to quit immediately.

By - 6/4/15 - 2:29 pm

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy predicts the items we know about that are missing from the BPL are only "the mere tip of the iceberg" and is calling on all of the library's trustees to follow President Amy Ryan and submit their resignations immediately. Read more.

By - 6/3/15 - 5:18 pm
Amy Ryan

Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan announced her resignation today, hours after a library trustees meeting at which an aide to the mayor accused her and the library of not doing enough to protect valuable holdings, such as prints recently reported missing from the central library.

Ryan, who came to Boston from Minnesota eight years ago, is stepping down effective July 3. In a statement, she said: Read more.

By - 5/21/15 - 9:41 am

The Herald reports the keeper of special collections at the BPL in Copley Square has been put on leave as police and now the FBI investigate the disappearance of two valuable prints from the library.

By - 5/20/15 - 6:11 am

The Herald reports on the disappearance of a Rembrandt etching and a Durer engraving.

By - 4/30/15 - 5:49 pm

A concerned citizen squints:

The Hyde Park branch of the BPL has over 25 light bulbs out in the main reading/study room. Upon inquiring about this, I was referred to the custodian who told me work orders have been in for a very long time and there are over 105 lights output in the whole library. Granted that a special lift is necessary, but lighting is crucial in a reading/study/research area. Please help get us some lighting!

By - 3/30/15 - 11:19 pm
Space for lease in the BPL main library in Copley Square

J. Patience was startled by the retail-lease sign on the side of the new wing of the under-renovation BPL main library in Copley Square.

Earlier this month, BPL trustees issued an RFP for companies interested in leasing the space, at the corner of Boylston and Exeter in the under-renovation Johnson wing.

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.

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 Collins
  9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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.

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

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 generators by renting out space in them.

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.

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