New & Noteworthy

  • Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, through to the morning of Tuesday, April 22, the library's catalog will undergo an upgrade. No holds or renewals will be able to be made during this time period, and most electronic resources – databases, digital magazines, streaming media – will be unavailable. E-books may be accessed by going to We apologize for any inconvenience this upgrade may cause.
  • On Sunday, April 20: the Dartmouth Street doors of the Central Library will be open exclusively for admittance to the Dear Boston exhibition, 1 – 5 p.m. No other library spaces or services will be available that day.
  • On Monday, April 21: all Boston Public Library locations will be closed in observance of Patriot’s Day.



Our Marathon: Share Your Story

Thursday, April 17 – Saturday, April 19, 12 – 4 p.m.
Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley Square

The “Our Marathon” project is a crowdsourced digital archive of stories, photos, videos, and social media related to the 2013 Boston Marathon. Add your story and photos to the archive.


Concerts in the Courtyard

Thursday, April 17 – Saturday, April 19, 12:30 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

The library’s open-air courtyard is filled with music during these one-hour lunchtime concerts. Performances by American Century Music and New England Conservatory.


Second Annual Open Mic Poetry Night

Thursday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.
Uphams Corner Branch

Come share your poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month. All ages, languages, and styles of poetry are welcome. Preregister by calling 617.265.0139.


Author Panel with Scott Helman and Jenna Russell

Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m.
Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

The authors of Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice discuss their book. WBUR’s Deborah Becker moderates.


Tide Pools

Friday, April 18, 10 a.m.
West End Branch

Children will handle and observe a wide range of live tide pool animals from local waters. Click here for more New England Aquarium events.