Mayor Menino Celebrates Groundbreaking of New East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library
$17.4M project to create a start-of-the-art, centrally located library in East Boston
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April 25, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the new East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, a $17.4M project overlooking Bremen Street Park.  At 15,000 square feet, the new branch will serve the entire community with more than double the combined public space of the two branches currently operating in East Boston.

 “The East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library was the first municipally funded branch library in the United States.  Now, the East Boston Branch is on the road to being one of the finest,” Mayor Menino said. “This state-of-the-art branch library will bring people together from across the neighborhood, providing not only a beautiful facility, but outstanding programs and resources for all East Boston residents.”


The project includes an open-plan community reading room with spectacular views of the park and the downtown Boston skyline. The brand-new facility boasts dedicated areas for adults, children, and teens, in addition to a quiet reading room, conference room, and community space for multipurpose programs. A reading porch runs the length of the building along the park, providing outdoor space for reading, congregating, and using the wireless internet network, a feature of all Boston Public Library locations.


The project is part of the City of Boston’s capital plan. Complying with Mayor Menino’s Executive Order Relative to Climate Change, the 15,000-square-foot building is a model for building and energy efficiency. The new East Boston Branch will achieve LEED Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2013.


“The East Boston community has played a vital role in the development of this project,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “The Community Advisory Committee and other local residents have continually provided valuable feedback services, programs, and spaces most valued by East Boston residents.”


The City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management Department is managing the project. The architect of the new East Boston Branch is William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., of Boston. The Rawn firm is responsible for a number of award-winning buildings, including the Boston Public Library’s Mattapan Branch, the Cambridge Public Library, and Northeastern University Buildings G and H.


To download the fact sheet on the new East Boston Branch and for information and updates on the progress of the project, visit


New East Boston Branch Proposed Features:

  • 40+ computers
  • Building-wide free wireless access
  • Refreshed collection of books for all ages.
  • Comfortable “living room” reading areas
  • Quiet study room with focus on East Boston history
  • First dedicated “Early Literacy” space for children with interactive toys and programs
  • Teen zone with opportunities for technology collaboration, homework, and social gathering
  • Adult reading, computer, and work spaces
  • More than 235 user seats
  • Large, multipurpose room for children’s programs, teen gaming, adult book clubs, author talks, and community meetings
  • Flexible interior space to meet community programming needs now and in the future
  • Exterior book drop
  • On-site parking
  • Close to MBTA station and bus routes
  • On the East Boston Greenway bike path
  • Maximized use of natural daylight
  • High-efficiency interior lighting
  • Exterior collection of water run-off to supply watering to garden beds
  • Landscaping with native plants to reduce maintenance requirements


For more than 160 years, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Today, the Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-five branches, a literacy center, business library, outpost services in the Tierney Learning Center, and a website filled with digital content and services. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit



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