The wait is almost over for the reopening of the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library. Mayor Martin Walsh will be on site to cut the ribbon Saturday, May 20.
“Libraries are essential resources for neighborhoods, and it is important that we continue investing in them to improve access, add services and build a strong sense of community,” said Walsh via a press release. “The renovation project in Jamaica Plain is a great example of how we’re giving community members the 21st century services needed to pursue their passions. I am grateful to all involved for bringing this project to fruition, and look forward to the future projects across the city that will enhance our libraries.”
The $10 million renovation included a 700-square foot addition to the original building with a brand new glass-paned section in the front of the building. A new terrace along Sedgwick Street has also been added.
Of course, a library isn’t a modern library without books, computers and free wifi. Thus the renovated library has refreshed its book collection and added 15 new desktop and 20 laptop computers, more self-checkout stations, creativity software in a new digital maker-space and more.
The renovation also added an elevator, making all levels ADA-accessible, as well as more parking for bicycles.
The Boston Public Library, Boston’s Public Facilities Department and Utile Inc. Architecture & Planning, the design firm for the project, all collaborated closely with the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the community to design the renovated library.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at 30 South St. The community is invited to attend.