WFXT reports BPL librarians are planning a "unity gathering" to support children's librarians at the Copley Square and Hyde Park libraries who have had to deal with wide-mouthed adults who insist they and their spawn have the right to breathe at other patrons in the children's room.
There aren't normally lines outside BPL branches, but Jonathan Kamens reports the line outside the Brighton BPL branch just before 10 a.m. stretched past the neighboring courthouse and down Chestnut Hill Avenue this morning, as people lined up for a chance to get one of those free rapid test kits the city announced yesterday it would be distributing through select libraries and community centers.
BPL reported today it's gotten most of its back-end system back up again and today plans to restore many of its "public-facing" services, including the ability to stream and download from digital services, such as Kanopy, via BPL, use other third-party online services with a BPL account and reserve museum passes. Read more.
Some Boston Public Library online systems, as well as public-access computers, are offline for the third straight day today due to what officials are calling a "cybersecurity attack" and efforts to plug whatever holes let the attack to happen.
The BPDA board agreed today to let developers of a proposed residential and hotel building on Tremont Street in Chinatown eliminate space for the long awaited BPL Chinatown branch because of funding complications caused by Covid-19. Read more.
BPL reports the Copley Square library, including the courtyard and computers, will re-open to the public on Tuesday, with limited stacks available for browsing, although the children's room will remain closed. Read more.
The mayor's office announced today that a continuing decline in Boston Covid-19 rates and hospitalization means both city libraries and community centers will be able to offer additional in-person services starting next month, although an announcement from City Hall said we'll have to wait for details. Read more.
The Boston Public Library announced today it is ending late fines for books not returned by their due dates - and that anybody with existing late fees will have them deleted from their record. Read more.
The Beacon Hill Times reports the city is looking at updating the Cambridge Street library and that part of the study includes adding housing units to the site. At a meeting last week, residents asked that whatever the final plans, they should keep the library's unique hexagonal reading room.
The Boston Public Library announced yesterday it's partially re-opening the computer room at the Copley Square central library, where people can now sign up for two-hour slots to use socially-distanced computers. Read more.