Roslindale_public_library_Boston_300Renovation Community Meeting
Tuesday, October 17, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Roslindale Library

Please come to a community meeting and contribute your vision for the renovation of the Roslindale Branch Library.

This meeting is the next step in an exciting process that started several years ago and will result in a fantastic, updated library by summer 2020.

Join representatives of the Boston Public Library, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, and Friends of the Roslindale Library to learn more about the process and share your creative ideas.

You can also send your ideas to:
Priscilla Foley
BPL Chief of Neighborhood Services

For more information about the meeting or the process to date, please contact Friends community representatives Greg Tobin ( or Amy Gitlin (

Read the Friends priority list for the renovated library here.

Renovation Background

Our library was built in 1961 and it’s time for some major updating.

The Library renovation process involves three rounds of work.

The first step is a programming study to look at how the building is used and how space might be reconfigured to best support those operations. The Friends held several public meetings around this study, which was completed in 2013, and can be accessed here.

The study led to three possible design options. With the help of our City Councillor, Tim McCarthy, we succeeded in getting funds allocated (for the most expensive option) in the City’s most recent Five-Year Capital Budget.

The second round of work will be the design phase, during which actual architectural plans are drawn up. It takes about a year from bidding to completion. Again, due to Councilor McCarthy’s work, the design phase for the Roslindale branch is scheduled to begin in spring 2017 (FY17) or summer/fall 2017 (FY18). We need to continue advocating to keep our place in the queue of Boston Public Library capital projects.

The contract with the architects, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, has been signed!  Here is the timeline for the next phases of the renovation.  The design phase is when the architects take the information from the completed programming study and start to create a design with the assistance of engineers. The design phase has three phases: Conceptual Design, Schematic Design and Design Development. In each phase, the design becomes more refined and detailed.  The design phase is where the community provides feedback and helps inform the design process. There will be three or four community meetings during this phase. Following the Design Development phase, the architects put together construction documents.  Approximate timeline for this process is between 12 – 18 months.

Bid for construction Summer/Fall 2018
Start construction early 2019

The final phase is construction (which should immediately follow the design phase). It will involve closing the library for some extended period of time. Ideas for relocating children’s programming and how to share books during this period are welcome.

The Friends are volunteers and welcome your help and input.

Please get involved in making our neighborhood library a great place for everyone.

Library Renovation Questionnaire

The Renovation Committee is pleased to announce that the architects for the design phase have been selected!  We are awaiting word that the contract has been signed.  Meanwhile, we are looking for people with the following expertise to join the committee to help support the design phase.  Please contact if you are able to help.

  • Lighting
  • Acoustics
  • Security
  • Early Childhood Education classroom design
  • Environmentally Sustainable building design
  • Technology for institutions
  • Fundraising

We are also seeking input from community members, especially those that represent constituencies in Roslindale.  To participate, please fill out this questionnaire:


Renovation Committee Study Visits

The Renovation Committee will also make study visits to other libraries in the Greater Boston area.  Please check back soon for upcoming site visits.

Get involved with the renovation project!

We are looking for community members interested in joining the Library Building Committee to identify short-term solutions, plan community education/outreach, and continue to advocate for longer-term renovation.  People with architecture experience are especially encouraged to join! For more information, please contact Nicolene Hengen at