Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library to Undergo Building Improvements

Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library to Undergo Building Improvements

September 11, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The Fields Corner branch of the Boston Public Library will temporarily close for building improvements beginning Saturday, October 10. The building improvements include roof restoration, select insulated window installation, and the replacement of the storefront and doors. The construction and building improvement work is expected to last 4-6 weeks. In order to avoid health and safety issues during certain critical phases of the work, it is necessary to temporarily close the branch to the public and the staff. The Fields Corner Branch Library, located at 1520 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester, will reopen to the public in November 2009.

For the duration of the project, users of the Fields Corner branch are encouraged check out, hold, and return library items at any of the other neighborhood branches of the Boston Public Library located throughout the City. The two branches closest to Fields Corner are the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester, 617.436.6900; and the Codman Square Branch located at 690 Washington Street in Dorchester; 617.436.8214. A complete list of library branches is available online at

This project at Fields Corner is part of a three-branch building improvement plan. The other two branches receiving building improvements are the South End Branch and the West Roxbury Branch. The Fields Corner Branch is notable for its large collection of Vietnamese and Spanish books as well as its regular series of preschool films every Wednesday. Over the summer, the Fields Corner Branch was selected as one of the pilot sites for the Boston Public Library’s Guys Read program, inspired by author Jon Scieszka.

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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 boasts a Central Library, 26 neighborhood branches, free Internet access, two unique restaurants, and a robust web site, Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts 12,000 programs, answers more than one million reference questions, and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning.

Mary Bender
mbender (at) bpl (dot) org

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