Building Improvements Planned for the Charlestown Branch of the BPL
Construction and range of improvements part of four-month project
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For Immediate Release
June 01, 2012
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BOSTON - June 1, 2012 – The Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library, which is located at 179 Main Street, will undergo building improvements beginning in July. The building improvements necessitate a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012. Construction will begin on Monday, July 9, and is expected to be completed in November 2012.

There are a variety of improvements planned for the Charlestown Branch including: replacement of the current gas heater, electric cooling roof top unit, and associated fans; replacement of the roof and windows; installation of an early literacy nook in the children’s area; installation of new controls and room temperature sensors; installation of new window treatments; installation of a self check-out machine; various concrete repairs; and landscaping.

During the temporary closure period, Charlestown Branch users are encouraged to use the nearby North End Branch, located at 25 Parmenter Street, as well as any of the Boston Public Library’s other locations throughout the city. An interactive map of locations is available on the Boston Public Library website.

“We look forward to unveiling the improvements in the fall and thank our users in advance for their patience while we make upgrades to the building,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Branch Libraries. The library will post information about the project on the Charlestown Branch profile page on the Boston Public Library website along with any necessary program rescheduling information.


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