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  Boston Public Library: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Boston Public Library was established in 1848.
Lenox library is one of the cornerstones of the new york public library....
The chicago public library consists of 79 branches throughout the city of chicago....
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 Public library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A public library is a library which is accessible by the public and is often operated by civil servants and funded from public sources.
Public libraries exist in most nations of the world and are considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population.
The first libraries open to the public were the collections of Greek and Latin scrolls which were available in the dry sections of the many buildings that made up the huge Roman baths of the Roman empire.
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 Boston Public Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Boston Public Library is also the library of last recourse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; all adult residents of the state are entitled to borrowing and research privileges.
The library was initially located in a former schoolhouse located on Mason Street, and was opened to the public on March 20, 1854.
The library also represents one of the first major applications in the United States of thin tile vaults by the Catalan master builder Rafael Guastavino.
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 Boston Public Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was the first publicly supported municipal library in America.
The Boston Public Library is also the library of last resort of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; all adult residents of the state are entitled to borrowing and research privileges.
Charles Follen McKim, of the architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White, was engaged to design the new building, which opened in 1895.
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 Boston Public Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Boston Public Library is, by and large, the mother library of all tax supported, open to all, libraries in this country.
In the end, however, BPL was the first true modern public library, and certainly the one after which a large number of other libraries are modeled- administratively, if not architecturally.
It is worth noting that several of the founders of BPL were members of the exclusive Boston Athenaeum and were, in several senses, creating a public version of that institution.
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 Boston.com / News / Nation / Boston Public Library murals restored   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
BOSTON --John Singer Sargent's sweeping series of murals in the Boston Public Library has been called the Sistine Chapel of America.
The library is holding a monthlong viewing of the Sargent murals.
Although Sargent was a frequent visitor to the library during the work, he completed the oil on canvas paintings overseas.
www.boston.com /news/nation/articles/2004/10/12/boston_public_library_murals_restored?mode=PF   (559 words)

 Boston.com / News / Local / Mass. / Boston Public Library exhibit illustrates story of Boston Massacre   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
BOSTON --John Adams is already known as a lawyer, president, founding father and patriot.
The documents were gathered from the library's department of rare books and manuscripts, the personal library of John Adams, the library's print department and its Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.
The exhibit is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of a two-year grant to catalogue, preserve, digitize and provide access to the John Adams Library in Quincy, his home town.
www.boston.com /news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/01/26/boston_public_library_exhibit_illustrates_story_of_boston_massacre?mode=PF   (605 words)

 The Boston Insider: Travel Tips on Getting the Most Out of Boston
BPL as a whole houses over six million books, including 1.2 million rare books and manuscripts, 17 thousand magazines, and invaluable original music scores, maps and artwork.
The BPL plays a large part in the Boston community by hosting almost 4,000 free events open to the general public each year.
Because BPL has such a great central location, an afternoon in the city’s Back Bay area is a perfect complement to a one-hour educational tour.
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 A Tribute to the Boston Public Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This was an immensely important event in the history of America's public libraries.
that followed were the predecessors of the free public library.
The sesquicentennial of the opening of the Boston Public Library like many other major milestones in the history of America's libraries has gone relatively unnoticed by the general public and even the library community.
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 Boston Public Library | Boston Sights & Activities | Fodor's Online Travel Guide
When the building was opened in 1895, it confirmed the status of architects McKim, Mead and White as apostles of the Renaissance Revival style, while reinforcing Boston's commitment to an enlightened citizenry that goes back 350 years, to the founding of the Public Latin School.
Upstairs, in the public areas leading to the fine-arts, music, and rare-books collections, is John Singer Sargent's mural series on the Triumph of Religion, now shining with renewed color after its cleaning and restoration in 2003.
You enter the older part of the library from the Dartmouth Street side, passing under the motto "Omni lux civium" (Light of all citizens) through the enormous bronze doors by Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial.
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 Guide to the Boston Public Library
The Artists Resource Center at the Boston Public Library is a collaborative effort between the Artists Foundation and the BPL.
While in the Research Library, take time to look at the murals, sculptures and other art that are part of the library.
The BPL had a great film showings and author readings that are free to the public.
www.artistsfoundation.org /art_pages/resources/resources_more_bpl_guide.htm   (954 words)

 Boston Public Library Photo Front   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Boston Public Library (built between 1887--1895) was designed by Charles McKim of McKim, Mead and White, Architects.
Built from public money and decorated from private funds with classical themes, it was to "hold its own," according to Samuel A.B. Abbott, the president of the Library Trustees, "beside any of the great works of the great architects of the Renaissance."
World Columbian Exposition of Chicago of 1893; and in the public's eye, the Library stood as a continuation of the American Renaissance displayed in its ideal during the Worlds Fair.
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 Precedent Study - Boston Public Library - History
The Boston Public Library was designed and built by the New York architecture firm of Mead, McKim, and White in the four year period from 1888-1892.
The design for the library was as new for American Architecture as was the ideals that the library represented.
This was also the first example a major public lending library, which made many design decisions difficult in light of the fact that the architects had few other examples from which to guide the program.
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The library addition bridges incorporate a 2-¾ inch concrete walking surface held by welded stud shear connectors to ¼-inch steel plate on 16-inch beams.
Because the basement of the new building is right next to the present library - yet is 18 feet deeper - the subsurface soil strains was monitored by the use of special instruments.
Settlement movement of both the old and new library buildings and the city streets during construction was also constantly monitored.
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 AllRefer.com - Boston Public Library (Libraries, Books, And Printing) - Encyclopedia
Boston Public Library, founded in 1852, chiefly through the gift of Joshua Bates.
It is the oldest free public city library supported by taxation in the world.
The library holds more than 4 million volumes; its special collections include Spanish and Portuguese literature; histories of printing, the theater, and the women's rights movement; the libraries of John Adams and Nathaniel Bowditch; and the Albert H. Wiggin collection of paintings and etchings.
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 Precedent Study - Boston Public Library - Analysis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A number of elements have contributed to the timeliness and timeless character of the Boston Public Library.
The elaborate decoration and detail used in the great spaces of the library were the result of a close collaboration between artists to create a "palace for the people".
Even though the common pactice at the time of the library construction was to use state of the art cast iron book stacks, this method would not have allowed the flexibility of layout that the vaulting has provided over the decades.
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 The Herald News - Boston wants people to visit public library
BOSTON -- In one TV ad for the Boston Public Library, J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf sits in a book-lined room reading "Curious George." In another, Mayor Tom Menino tries to ignore a heckler who wants him to tell Rudy Giuliani that Boston’s library is better than New York’s.
The campaign was developed after library officials held focus groups with area residents, who told them why they didn’t go to the library.
Because one of the library’s board members is Ed Eskandarian, the president and chairman of Arnold Communications, he offered the services of his company to the library free of charge.
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 Boston Public Library Renovations
Boston, MA - The Lee Kennedy Co. is carrying out a $14 million, 37,580 sf restoration and renovation project at the Boston Public Library as Phase IIC of the multi-phase improvements program started at the historic McKim Building in 1991.
A successful restoration of this room is also dependent on a collaborative approach, however, unlike the original collaboration between architect and artist, the room's restoration requires the collaboration of many restoration specialists and craftspeople.
One of the principal challenges-and an important first step for the project team early on in the project was to perform exploratory investigations.
www.high-profile.com /2003/feb/bpl.html   (1856 words)

 Charity Navigator Rating - The Boston Public Library Foundation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Boston Public Library Foundation's mission is to enhance the public visibility and to raise public and private funds in support of the revitalization of the Boston Public Library.
The Boston Public Library works to preserve and provide free access to the historical record of our society while serving the cultural, educational and informational needs of the people of City and the Commonwealth.
This partnership was strengthened in 1992, when entrepreneur John Cullinane formed the Boston Public Library Foundation, a separate organization, to support the revitalization of the Boston Public Library.
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 Regional ILL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Boston Public Library, through the MA Board of Library Commissioners' Statewide Reference and Referral Program provides document delivery services to regional member libraries.
Articles requested directly from Boston Public Library should be those that are not readily available within the member library's region.
Requests for articles in titles not owned by BPL may be filled through a variety of sources, including but not limited to, OCLC member libraries and a variety of commercial journal document delivery providers.
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 FSF - Letter to the Boston Public Library
I respectfully submit that the Boston Public Library has a responsibility to refuse to distribute anything in this format, even if it seems "convenient" to some in the short term.
The tendency of digitalization is to convert public libraries into retail stores for vendors of digital works.
I therefore urge the Boston Public Library to terminate its association with OverDrive Audio Books, and adopt a policy of refusing to be agents for the propagation of Digital Restrictions Management.
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 Boston Public Library on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's "Triumph of Religion" at the Boston Pub...
Library Video and SAFARI Video have partnered with PBS and WGBH Boston to bring educational content...
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY [Boston Public Library] founded in 1852, chiefly through the gift of Joshua Bates.
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 A Tribute to the Boston Public Library
Although state legislation enabling the establishment of a public library in the City of Boston was passed in 1848, the
The establishment of the Boston Public Library was an immensely important event in the history of America's public libraries.
Recognition of the heritage and contribution of America's public libraries has gone unrecognized by the United States Postal Service.
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 Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library, established in 1848, was the first publicly supported municipal library in America.
Today, the Library has over 6 million books and 11 million other items; serves more than 2 million people in its twenty-seven branch libraries around the city; and is one of only two public libraries in the country that are members of the Association of Research Libraries.
The central library facility consists of the McKim, Mead and White building opened in Copley Square in 1895, and a 1972 addition designed by Philip Johnson.
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 Boston Public Library- Boston, MA - VirtualTourist.com
Boston is home to many "first"s, and the Boston Public Library is no exception.
The first public library in America, the BPL occupies an elegant building in the heart of Boston.
Boston, being 'an intellectual city' as it is, boasts to have the first public library in America.
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 Boston Public Library
Copley Square, Boston, MA This $19 million project was the first of its kind as a select contractor bid for the City.
Copley Square, Boston, MA After an award-winning performance for Phase II of the McKim Building Restoration, Lee Kennedy Co. performed a subsequent phase of the project.
The murals painted between 1895 and 1916 by renowned American artist John Singer Sargent that adorn the walls of the Library's Sargent Gallery were reconditioned and the Gallery's dark sandstone stonework was cleaned.
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 ALA | ALA Library Fact Sheet 22 - The Nation's Largest Libraries   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chicago: Public Library Association (PLA, a division of the American Library Association), 2004.
Users should be aware that public library and academic library collections are dissimilar.
ALA Library Fact Sheet tallying the 100 largest libraries in the United States, in order by size of each library's collection.
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 Boston Public Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Holders of Consor-tium Cards must register for a borrower's card at the Registration Desk on the first floor of the General Library or at the Book Delivery Desk on the second floor of the Research Library.
A borrower's card is required for borrowing circulating library materials from the General Library, the branch libraries, the libraries in the Metro Boston Library Network for home use and for requesting Research Library materials for use within the building.
Generally, Library materials are due 21 days from the date they were borrowed; certain materials may be subject to shorter loan periods.
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