Designing Modern Public Library Spaces Tag

Photos From The Boylston Public Library Project Are Here!

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

As a follow-up to our April 27th post on The Boylston Public Library, we are pleased to share the final photos.

As a reminder, these were the products used in the renovation:

The ratio shelving was selected to provide adequate storage for books and materials. The color choices give ‘life’ to the space.

For more information on BCI Modern Library Furniture, please contact us today. We have a wide variety of products that will enhance your library renovation or building project. We participate in several purchasing contracts to eliminate the time and money spent on searching for a provider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 May 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Central Arkansas Library Complete!

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

As a follow-up to our May 1st post on  The Roosevelt Thompson Branch Library, the final installation pictures are here! Finally, a place for the over 62,000 books, magazines and audiovisual pieces!☺️

As a reminder, below are the products selected for this renovation project:

Ratio Shelving System with Steel Shelves, Cocoon Modular Systems, Ratio Square Display Units, BCI Puzzle Tables and Stools, BCI Flatline Search Station and Mobile Picture Book Box Browsers

Ratio Shelving System with Steel Shelves

 

Ratio Shelving System with Steel Shelves

Ratio Shelving System with Steel Shelves

Ratio Shelving System with Steel Shelves

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15 May 2017 no comments / READ MORE

BCI Modern Library Furniture Installing Now at Little Rock Arkansas Library

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

The Central Arkansas Library System, with its 14 branch libraries, is the largest Arkansas Public Library System serving a community of over 400,000. The Roosevelt Thompson Branch Library is close to finishing a renovation project. With its over 62,000 books, magazines and audiovisual pieces, the branch library was in need of a refresh.

The BCI Modern Library Furniture dealer, Evo Business Environments, provided the following products for the renovation:

Ratio Shelving System with Steel Shelves, Cocoon Modular Systems, Ratio Square Display Units, BCI Puzzle Tables and Stools, BCI Flatline Search Station and Mobile Picture Book Box Browsers

The furniture choices provide the flexibility to reconfigure the space when needed, while the color selections enhance the whimsical children’s section.

Below are some installation photos:

Mobile Picture Book Box Browsers

Mobile Picture Book Box Browsers

 

Ratio Square Display Units

Ratio Square Display Units

 

Check back for final installation photos soon!

Click here to view all the photos on the Central Arkansas Library System – Roosevelt Thompson Branch Facebook Page

Posted by Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) – Roosevelt Thompson on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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01 May 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Boylston Public Library Nearing Completion Featuring BCI Modern Library Furniture

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

What started out in 1792 as a private institution,  the Boylston Public Library, located in Boylston, MA is nearing a huge renovation completion.  After roughly four years, Phase II of the construction is set to be finished this spring. The library currently serves over 4,300 residents in Boylston. The lack of community rooms, updates to the electrical wiring to support current technology, ADA compliance, insufficient shelving space, as well as other renovations, were a top priority for the library.

Utilizing the MHEC (Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium) purchasing contract, a great deal of time and money were saved throughout the building process.

Working with R.E. Dinneen Architects & Planners, Inc., Longo Associates, a BCI Modern Library Furniture dealer, took the lead in providing high quality and unique modern library furnishings. The products chosen were:

The shelving solved the library’s problem of lack of space for materials. With its sleek contemporary design, Ratio Shelving provides functionality and a winning style, not to mention the endless color choices.

Simply Universal Reading Tables are the answer to the technology needs of today with its ability to provide electricity for computers, concealing any wiring, all while maintaining its adaptability in any setting.

 

 

Below is a sketch of the library showing more detail on the Phase II Renovation:

Boylston PL Renovation

For more renovation photos, click here to be directed to the Boylston Public Library Facebook Page.

For more information on BCI Modern Library Furniture, please contact us today – we have specialists standing by to answer all your questions. Our services include design, furniture and professional installation.

27 Apr 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Modern Libraries Around the World

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

There is no doubt that today’s libraries are facing a rebirth to keep up with the digital landscape. Gone are the days of quiet, dark spaces and old wooden chairs and shelving.

Pictured below (and included in this link to the 25 Modern Libraries from Around the World) is The Black Diamond Library located in Denmark. Notice the natural light flooding the atrium and adjacent rooms.

Black Diamond Library Denmark

Like the photo above, as you scroll through these 25 amazing libraries, you will notice the open, airy spaces with lots of glass and colors throughout. The architectural curves in the design of not only the structure of the building, but also of the furniture, creates a contemporary and serene style. Our brains are said to react more positively towards shapes and curves versus straight lines, which can resemble sharp objects.

Whether it is a new project or a renovation to an existing library, BCI Modern Library Furniture has over 60 years of experience to make your dream a reality. Our products are designed for functionality, flexibility, comfort and allure. We partner with world-class architects to design a library for the 21st century. For more information on BCI Modern Library Furniture, contact us today. Our experts are standing by to answer all your questions.

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15 Mar 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Going Back on Throwback Thursday with BCI Modern Library Furniture

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

This Throwback Thursday we are showcasing an amazing public library furniture project from a few years back. The Fairfield Public Library, located in Fairfield, CT has had many additions to the original 43,000 square foot library since its construction in 1903. Unfortunately, these additions produced a very irregular flow in the building. With an increasing number of patrons, upgrades to the interior and technology framework were needed.

By combining new custom end panels to some of the existing shelving in the library, the cost was kept well within the budget. A rich selection of both custom and standard furnishings from BCI Modern Library Furniture were selected and created that modernistic look and usability.

Project: Fairfield Public Library – Fairfield, CT

Architect: Herbert S. Newman & Partners, P.C. http://www.hsnparch.com/

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08 Dec 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Beautiful Libraries are Getting Noticed

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

“There’s so much more to a book than just reading.” – Maurice Sendak

We are all aware that the libraries of today are well beyond books, they serve the community in many other ways. What use to be known as a quiet environment, is now a gathering place. There are now ‘teen spaces’ in libraries as well as meeting rooms for community use. The use of ultra modern designs are widely being incorporated into library buildings making them a unique focal point.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services released a report focusing on the uptick of visitors to libraries when money is spent on building and renovations. As a matter of fact, the report also showed that when money wasn’t being invested, visitation dropped.

Wired, a monthly magazine which is published in both print and online, recently did a feature on “Settle Into 10 of the Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth”. Wired spotlights on how emerging technologies are affecting our economy, politics and culture. This article featured two libraries Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark and Stormen Public Library in Bodø, Norway which both included BCI Modern Library Furniture.

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Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark

Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark

Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark

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Stormen Public Library in Bodø, Norway

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Stormen Public Library in Bodø, Norway

For more information on how BCI Modern Library Furniture can enhance your library building or renovation project, contact us today — we have experts standing by to answer all your questions.

18 Nov 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Choo, Choo…Modernizing The New York Public Library

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News
NYPL Train

Image Credit: Jonathan Blanc/NYPL

As libraries continue to evolve, new and innovative ‘gadgets’ are being added. The New York Public Library just completed a two-year $12 million renovation of the Rose Reading Room. Replacing the old conveyor belt system for book retrieval is the $2.6 million ‘book train’ . The book train cuts down the delivery time to the circulation desk to about five minutes from 30. The book train spans over 950 feet of track assisting with the delivery of over 4 million books which lie in storage beneath Bryant Park. The systems runs on electric and consists of 24 cars that can carry up to 30 pounds each.

For more information on BCI Modern Library Furniture, click here to contact us today. We can help you take your library space into the 21st century with our design expertise.

24 Oct 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Exquisite Libraries in the United States

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

Tech Insider recently did a piece on ‘The most beautiful library in each US state’. The Cedar Rapids Public Library was included in the story as Iowa’s most beautiful library. Back in February of this year, we featured an article on this library which included BCI Modern Library Furniture’s 60/30 Radius Steel Shelving – http://bcilibraries.com/2015-aiaala-library-building-award-winner-features-bci/.  The Cedar Rapids Public Library was in a group of six awardees of the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.

Cedar Rapids PL

To read the Tech Insider’s full article, click on this link:  http://www.techinsider.io/most-beautiful-library-in-all-50-states-2016-7?xid=soc_socialflow_facebook_realsimple

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18 Aug 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Sleek Modern Shelving Abounds at the Colchester East Hants Public Library Thanks to BCI

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

A few weeks ago we shared news on the renovation project at the Colchester East Hants Public Library located in Nova Scotia (http://bcilibraries.com/nova-scotia-library-chooses-bci-modern-library-furniture/). Below are the photo’s from the final installation for both the adult and children’s section featuring BCI Modern Library Furniture’s Ratio Inform Radius DF Shelving on Casters —

Adult section

Adult Section

Colchester Library Adult section 2

Adult Section

Colchester Library Adult section 5

Adult section

Children's Section

Children’s Section

Colchester Library childrens section 5

Children’s Section

Colchester Library childrens section 2

Children’s Section

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20 Jul 2016 no comments / READ MORE

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