Construction Updates

Valente Branch

The new Valente Branch will open in fall 2019 as part of the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper School Complex.

Main Library

Construction on STEAM spaces is underway at the Main Library. Learn more about STEAM at the Library.

The Hive

The Hive is a new STEAM creativity zone being built in the lower level (L1) of the Main Library. It will consist of a hands-on workshop (aka “makerspace”) stocked with digital and traditional fabrication tools, multimedia recording studios for creating audio and video content, and an Extended Reality Lab for experiencing and experimenting with virtual and alternate reality. Construction is underway as of June 5, 2019 and the Hive will open to the public by Early 2020.

Service Notice:

Construction noise is anticipated in the Main Library during this project, especially on L1. Ear plugs are available for patrons at the Q&A Desk.

Tech Bar

Work is underway to transform the Information Commons into a Tech Bar, with an enhanced service desk for device checkout and patron support, and furniture changes to better support portable computing. The new Tech Bar will open in December.

Service Notice:

Public computing and printing have been deployed to other floors of the Main Library.

  • L2 – Laptop checkout, Print Release Station, and additional public seating
  • G - Ground Floor – Web Express Computers, Laptop Kiosk, ADA Computers Scanner, and Print Release Station
  • 2 - Research Floor – Web Express Computers, Scanner, and Print Release Station
  • 2 - Library Administration – ADA Computer and Braille embosser
  • Non-ADA Desktop Windows PCs will not be available until construction is complete and the space reopens as the Tech Bar.
  • The Rindge Room will be closed until December. Available Main Library meeting rooms
  • The Fuller Room will be closed until December. The Fuller Room ADA Computer and Braille embosser have been relocated to Library Administration on the 2nd Floor. The office is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm. To make a reservation to use the Braille embosser, or to arrange for access to the embosser after hours, please call Administration at 617-349-4032.  

Staff assistance is available at the Q&A Desk on the Ground Floor and Children’s Room on the 3rd Floor.