The South End Library Capital Campaign: Writing the Next Chapter will raise funds to make the dramatic improvements needed to support the 21st-century needs of South End library users. The library has been allocated $132,000 in the FY 2018 Boston Public Library capital budget for the first of its five-phased renovation plan. The first two phases will focus on immediate improvements of  the downstairs interior space. The final three phases will be a much larger project that will involve public meetings and a considerably larger budget to accommodate a much-needed expansion of the library's footprint.  FOSEL has committed to raising $50,000 privately by October of this year to augment the $132,000 capital allocation.  More private funding will be raised for Phase Two, the completion of which is illustrated by the proposed design below. The design is subject to final BPL Project Management approval, with input from library staff.

FOSEL's board has achieved a 100 percent participation rate of its members (voting and advisory boards) totaling $30,000 of the $50,000 due by October 2017, in contributions ranging from $50 to $10,000. The remaining amount of money that needs to be raised is expected to be contributed by the South End library's supporters and FOSEL members, as well as local businesses, corporations, service providers and community mitigation funds. The campaign to pay for the interior renovation is expected to take a year or less. 

The overall changes for the proposed first two phases include

* a 21st-century electrical and communications system

* a beautifully renovated children’s area

* a new space specifically dedicated to teenagers

* a centrally located circulation desk

 * multiple seating arrangements for adults

* wired tall tables for quick computer checks

* a periodicals/newspapers wall for browsing

* new offices and lunch room for our library staff

* a South End history room for local research

* a flexible space for conferences and tutoring

The library's building, an early example of the work by the firm of  Mitchell/Giurgola Architects LLP, has architectural significance and will likely require various preservation efforts.

Because this is the first time a Boston public branch library has raised private funding for a capital renovation, FOSEL has established an Honorary Fundraising Committee that reflects public and private support for the public/private partnership efforts. The Committee currently includes David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library; State Treasurer Deb Goldberg; State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz; State Representatives Byron Rushing and Aaron Michlewitz; At-large City Councillors Michael Flaherty, Ayanna Pressley and Annissa Essaibi George; City Council President Michelle Wu; District Councillors Frank Baker and Tito  Jackson;  John Holland of Holland Construction Companies; and South End realtor Steven Cohen of Keller Williams Realty. 

FOSEL's board has achieved a 100 percent participation rate of its members (voting and advisory boards) totaling $30,000 of the $50,000 due by October 2017 in contributions ranging from $50 to $10,000. The remaining amount of money that needs to be raised is expected to be contributed by the South End library's supporters and FOSEL members, as well as local businesses, corporations, service providers and community mitigation funds. 

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The elevated rendering represents the interior area from a (relocated) circulation desk to where the stairwell is located.