BCI Library Furniture Tag

BCI Modern Library Furniture Coming Soon to International Baccalaureate® World School

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

Charter Oak International AcademyThe new Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford, CT will be opening its doors for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The school will serve grades Pre-K through fifth and plans to accept 80 students per grade. In order to meet the challenges of modern day, the original Charter Oak building that was built in 1929 did not sufficiently accomplish its goal of a magnet school as space was very limited. The Charter Oak International Academy is an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School which helps to cultivate the personal, emotional, academic and social skills necessary to work, learn and live in an international world.

The new building’s extraordinary circular design lends to the schools all-encompassing concept to learning. Robert H. Lord Co. and BCI Modern Library Furniture were selected among several bids to provide the appointments for the new library. All of BCI’s furniture can be purchased through the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC).

Project:  Charter Oak International Academy

Location:  West Hartford, CT

BCI Dealer:  Robert H. Lord Co. – http://rhlco.com/

Products:  Wooden Book Browser, Bjorn Book Trolley, Media Tower, Slimline Wood & Steel Shelving – Double Faced

Click here to view architectural renderings by Perkins Eastman

Click here to read more about the new Charter Oak International Academy

For more information on how BCI Modern Library Furniture can enhance your new or renovation project, please contact us today

Photo Credit:  Perkins Eastman

14 Jun 2016 no comments / READ MORE

The Rising Popularity of Public Libraries

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

InfographicHere’s a fast fact – Did you know that more people visit their public library each year in Massachusetts than attend Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox games combined? [1]

Yes, it’s true! Libraries are cool!

Libraries are evolving into more than just a place to check out a book or rent a video. Libraries are serving as a hub for communities. Gone are the days of having to stay quiet in a library. The transformation that is taking place is simply amazing.

The graphic on the right shows that Americans feel libraries provide a significant benefit to their communities for supplying them with resource materials and advocating literacy.  Best of all – they are free!

Not only are books a large part of the library, but technology is just as important. Patrons come in with their smartphones, tablets, and laptops and require wi-fi and USB ports.  With these evolving technologies, furniture with built-in outlets and USB ports can provide the user access to all the information right at their fingertips.

The recent economic downturn sent people searching for jobs to their local libraries to utilize the Internet services and reference materials. According to the Information Policy and Access Center (IPAC), 77.5% of libraries provide support with creating resumes. Public libraries have been joining forces with institutions and organizations at the local, state and national level to strengthen their ability to assist job seekers by offering career services.

The Pew Research Center reported that the younger population, ages 16-29, are becoming regular patrons of their local libraries.  They are finding libraries are a great place to go online, study or just meet friends.[2]

Libraries are rebuilding or renovating their layout and interior design. Library furniture needs to be high quality, comfortable and provide flexibility to support the current information technology age. Children’s areas need to be equipped with furniture that is age appropriate and designed to elevate the library experience. Many libraries also serve their communities with meeting space and classrooms and require tables, chairs and even podiums. Library café’s are also gaining in popularity – who doesn’t like to enjoy a cup of coffee while studying, working or chatting with friends.

So, what’s in store for the future of libraries – here’s one more quick fact from the American Library Association ‘Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more than three times more often than they go to the movies’.

Libraries are here to stay.Library card

BCI Modern Library Furniture offers unique furniture options for creating the 21st century library. For more information on planning and designing your library, contact us today.


[1] Hopkinton Public Library, Libraries in the Digital Age, 2016

[2]  Pew Research Center, ‘Younger Americans and Public Libraries, 9/10/2014

19 Apr 2016 no comments / READ MORE

2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winner Features BCI

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Uncategorized


Among the six awardees of the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards was the Cedar Rapids Public Library.  These awards,  which are governed jointly by a division of the ALA, the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA),  embolden superiority in architectural planning and designing of libraries.  These new modern library designs are needed to accommodate the needs of the community and bring libraries into the 21st century.

After the disastrous flood of 2008, the Cedar Rapids Public Library was completely destroyed.  Five years later, the new modern Cedar Rapids Public Library opened its doors. In addition to the building encompassing the green building certification program known as the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum Requirements, BCI Modern Library Furniture was selected to provide shelving.  The product chosen, our 60/30 Radius Steel Shelving, is a flexible shelving system which can be used to create a variety of solutions.  Click this link – Cedar Rapids PL Layout to see the layout of the shelving – there is a multitude of arrangements the 60/60 Radius Steel Shelving can produce.

Download our 60/30 Radius Steel Shelving brochure by clicking here

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Contact us today for more information on how BCI Modern Library Furniture can enhance your new library design.

01 Feb 2016 no comments / READ MORE

This Is What A Children’s Area Can Really Look Like

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

“Having Fun Isn’t Hard When You’ve Got a Library Card” – ArthurArthur

Many parents ask themselves, “How can I get my child interested in going to the library?”  It is a well known fact that exposing pre-schoolers to their public library can enhance their love for learning for years to come.  A children’s area in a library doesn’t necessarily have to be all about books.  Today comfort, space and technology all play a crucial role. Designing the interior of the library with modern soft seating, whimsical shelving,  vibrant colors, open areas, and the latest technology can serve as an interactive playground for children. Create a little bit of magic in your library with BCI Modern Library Furniture.

The photos below are from a recent renovation project at the Kongsberg Public Library in Norway using BCI’s products.


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29 Dec 2015 no comments / READ MORE

BCI Installation Complete at University of Massachusetts Lowell Campus

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

Back on July 10th, we posted news of the selection of BCI’s 60/30 Steel Radius Shelving System by the UMASS Lowell Campus.  We now have the actual photo’s to prove it! UMASS purchased the 60/30 Steel Radius Shelving System as a test concept for future investment purposes.  Pictured below is the 60/30 Steel Radius Shelving System with London End Panels and Canopy Tops (Steel Finish White #222) fully installed.



Project:  University of Massachusetts – Lowell

Location:  Lowell, MA

Products:  60/30 Steel Radius Shelving with Steel Canopy Tops and London End Panels

For more information on how BCI Modern Library Furniture can facilitate the building or renovation of your university library, contact us today

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15 Dec 2015 no comments / READ MORE

BCI Coming to the NEASC Annual Meeting and Conference

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

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BCI will be in the Longo Associates booth at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) 130th Annual Meeting and Conference being held December 9 – 11, in Boston, MA.

A world leader in modern library furniture, BCI’s entire line is available for purchase under the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) contract.  Public schools, colleges, and municipalities can purchase our library furniture direct.

Visit us next week and see the difference our more than 60 years of experience can make.

Contact us today for more information

For a complete catalog of all our products, click here



08 Dec 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Two Pennsylvania School Libraries Undergoing Renovations Select BCI

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

North Hills High School & Middle School Libraries $470,000 Library Furniture Spend Includes BCI Modern Library Furniture

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The North Hills School District is renovating both the high school and middle school libraries.   They plan to spend up to $1 million in structural costs and $470,000 on furniture.  Because today’s libraries are shifting into an environment for students and teachers to collaborate, restructuring these spaces is necessary.  BCI’s Ordrup Magazine Shelving comes in a wide variety of finishes to enhance the overall modern design and practicality of the library space.

Project:  North Hills High School and Middle School

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

Products:  Ordrup Magazine Display Shelving

BCI Dealer:  Delaney Brothers

Architect:  The Design Alliance

Click here to read the renovation article featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Download the Ordrup- Magazine-Shelving-Brochure

Download the brochure featuring Ordrup-Finishes

Download the Ordrup-Wall-Shelving-Specifications-Guide

For more information on how BCI Modern Library Furniture can help you to reimagine your library, please contact us today 

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25 Nov 2015 no comments / READ MORE

BCI Modern Library Furniture Install in Bermuda

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

The Somersfield Academy – Current Installation

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Thought we would share a glimpse of some pictures on the install at the Somersfield Academy located on the island of Bermuda.

Project:  Somersfield Academy

Location:  Devonshire, Bermuda

Products:  60/30 Steel Cantilevered Shelving, 60/30 Classic Steel Shelving with Casters, Picture Book Browsers with Casters, Linnea Book BrowserOrdrup Magazine Display, Book Trolley Ven Plus, Book Return Cabinet, INFORM Desk

BCI Dealer:  A. F. Smith 

Contact Us Today at BCI Modern Library Furniture to more information – let our group of specialists assist you in your new library.

For a complete brochure of our products, click here

23 Nov 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Update – Discovery School Opens in Arlington, VA

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Here’s an update on our June, 2015 post for the Discovery School –

On September 8,  2015 the Discovery School opened its doors after a $41 million building project.  Pictured above are the BCI Modern Library Furniture products used.

Project:  Arlington Public Schools, Discovery Elementary School

Location:  Arlington, VA

Products:  Single-Face Opal Shelving System with Natural Maple Canopy Tops60/30 Steel Radius Shelving with Steel Canopy Tops & London End PanelsFrontline Square Display Shelving, Picture Book Browser with CastersBook Trolley VEN Plus, Book Trolley Gotland

BCI Dealer:  Diversified Educational Systems, Inc. – http://www.des.com/

Architect:  VMDO Architects – http://www.vmdo.com/index.php

Click here to read the article which appeared in The Washington Post

For more information on how BCI Modern Library Furniture can enhance your building project or renovation, please contact us today

To download our complete BCI catalog of products, click here


18 Nov 2015 no comments / READ MORE

BCI Modern Library Furniture Part of Capital Improvement Projects in St. Louis

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New Buildings and Renovations for the St. Louis County Library SystemOPAC Search Station


The St. Louis Country Library system is considered the busiest public library in Missouri with 20 branches.  In 2012, voters approved a tax increase to fund two new buildings, renovations to four existing libraries, as well as five additional library renovations during 2015/2016.  BCI has supplied new furniture for five of the branches which will give these libraries a new modern design while helping to maximize the space.

Project:  St. Louis County Library

Location:  St. Louis, MO

Architect:  Christner Inc.

BCI Products for Jamestown Bluffs Branch, Indian Trails Branch, Weber Branch, Grant’s View Branch and Rock Road Branch:

Book Display, Flatline Search Station – OPAC Station

Click here to view the progress of all the St. Louis Country Library projects

For more information on BCI Modern Library Furniture, click here to contact us

To download our catalog, click here – we have a large selection of furniture to help you reimagine your library space


05 Nov 2015 no comments / READ MORE

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