Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019

Last updated: 4/11/18

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library provides educational and cultural enrichment free to all for the residents of Boston, Massachusetts and beyond, through its collections, services, programs, and spaces.

David Leonard, President
The City is committed to investing in reinvigorating its branch libraries, an important cultural attraction in neighborhoods across the city. Fiscal year 2019 capital investments will further enhance the Boston Public Library by continuing to preserve existing buildings and build new library spaces to provide better services for all.

FY19 Major Initiatives

  • Construction of a new Adams Branch Library will begin.
  • A major renovation project at the Roslindale Branch Library will also begin. The project includes a new entrance and a major redesign of the interior space.
  • Construction for a comprehensive building renovation will continue at the Dudley Branch Library.
  • A programming study for a new Fields Corner Branch Library will be completed.
  • A renovation project at the Central Library in Copley Square, to enhance preservation of historic special collections of rare books and manuscripts, will begin construction.

Boston Public Library - Active Projects


Category Project Location Status FY19 Projected Total
Arts & Culture Adams Street Branch Library Dorchester Study Underway 4,500,000 18,300,000
Arts & Culture Central Library: Johnson Roof Replacement Back Bay In Design 350,000 4,830,000
Arts & Culture Central Library: McKim Study Back Bay New Project 100,000 400,000
Arts & Culture Central Library: Piping Infrastructure Back Bay To Be Scheduled 0 1,950,000
Arts & Culture Central Library: Rare Books and Manuscripts Department Back Bay In Design 5,000,000 15,725,000
Arts & Culture Chinatown Site Study Chinatown New Project 0 100,000
Arts & Culture Dudley Branch Library Renovation Roxbury In Construction 10,867,374 17,200,000
Arts & Culture Egleston Square Branch Library Roxbury To Be Scheduled 100,000 12,100,000
Arts & Culture Faneuil Branch Library Allston/Brighton To Be Scheduled 530,000 12,625,000
Arts & Culture Fields Corner Branch Library Dorchester To Be Scheduled 75,000 12,100,000
Arts & Culture Lower Mills Branch Library Improvements Dorchester In Design 47,000 94,000
Arts & Culture North End Branch Library North End To Be Scheduled 0 1,475,000
Arts & Culture Parker Hill Library Mission Hill In Construction 681,700 2,400,000
Arts & Culture Permanent Collections Storage Study West Roxbury Study Underway 0 525,000
Arts & Culture Roslindale Branch Library Renovation Roslindale In Design 3,000,000 10,200,000
Arts & Culture South Boston Branch Library Improvements South Boston In Design 49,500 99,000
Arts & Culture South End Branch Library Improvements South End In Design 66,000 132,000
Arts & Culture South End Branch Library Study South End New Project 0 500,000
Arts & Culture Upham's Corner Library Dorchester To Be Scheduled 1,000,000 17,980,000
Arts & Culture West Roxbury Branch Library Improvements West Roxbury In Design 50,000 100,000
Technology Web Site & Online Services Redevelopment Citywide Implementation Underway 0 100,000
Department total 26,416,574 128,935,000