March 31, 2009

Kirstein Business Branch

I found out this morning that the Kirstein Business Branch will be closing and moving the services to the main library. I think one of the reasons why this library works so well is the unique building that it is in.

If you haven't been to the Kirstein Business Branch, I would highly recommend that you stop by and visit the library.

LibraryJournal.com reports:

In an effort to help save $4 million—nearly ten percent of the budget—the Boston Public Library (BPL) will close the Kirstein Business Branch, which opened in 1930 and has four floors with 4600 square feet of public space, and move its functions to the Central Library, where it will occupy a larger space on a single floor.

The move will occur no earlier than July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year, Mary Frances O’Brien, BPL’s manager of Central Library Services, told LJ. “Kirstein will maintain its integrity as a business research facility, it’s just going to be housed in a different place, with greater staffing efficiencies,” she said. The single space in a larger building will allow for evening and weekend hours.

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