Boston Public Library Announces Opening Date for Renovated Brighton Branch
Reopening celebration set for Saturday, December 11, at 11:00am
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November 08, 2010
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The Boston Public Library this week announced the opening date for the renovated Brighton branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road. At 11:00am on Saturday, December 11, City and Library officials will welcome the community back to the 22,400 square foot branch, which has been undergoing a $5 million renovation since January 2009.

The City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management Department managed this capital project, which had as its goals to update the mechanical equipment, provide ADA accessibility, improve sightlines, and to increase technology capacity. The Brighton branch library will be one of the first renovated City of Boston buildings that will incorporate the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Commercial Interiors guidelines toward achieving LEED status.

The renovated Brighton branch has new windows; light-filled spaces; and modern, comfortable furniture for all ages. There is a new teen space with café-style seating facing the landscaped yard on Academy Hill Road. There is also a new community room with the restored Matchett Clock, an important piece of local history. The Brighton branch also features more than 20 new computers for all ages and self check-out machine beside the new circulation desk.

Over two hundred years ago, the people of Brighton formed the Brighton Social Library, open to local citizens for a fee. When the town was annexed to Boston in 1874, the Brighton Social Library became a branch of the Boston Public Library. That same year, the collection was moved from the Town Hall to an ornate library building named for Brighton notable, James Holton. In 1969, a new Brighton branch library building – the same one that underwent the above-noted renovations – was opened on the same site. 

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