Due to a scheduled upgrade of the Boston Public Library’s Integrated Library System, many online library services will be unavailable from Saturday, May 27 at 6 p.m. to Monday, May 29 at 6 p.m. including: library account management, placing and managing holds, eCard registration, databases such as Mango Languages and Gale Courses, museum pass reservations, Hoopla streaming media, and Zinio digital magazines. OverDrive downloadable media will still be accessible via http://bpl.overdrive.com.

New & Noteworthy

  • Please note: All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.
  • Dudley Branch Reopens Friday, June 2
    The underlying cause of recent flooding episodes at the Dudley Branch has been identified and is being repaired. In order to facilitate the repair project and clean up, we will reopen Friday, June 2. Please visit one of our other locations or access our services online. Apologies for the inconvenience, and we look forward to restoring service at the branch.
  • Parker Hill Branch Temporary Closure for Improvements
    The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library will close on Saturday, July 1, with the last day of service June 30, for approximately one year for needed exterior and interior building repairs and improvements. Learn more about these improvements here.

All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the BPL

Through June 2017

All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library programming includes author talks, poetry readings, lectures, theatrical performances, book clubs, film screenings, youth programs, workshops, and more at Boston Public Library locations system wide.



How to Craft a Killer Grant Proposal

Tuesday, May 30, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Kenny Weill leads attendees through the process of writing a clear, concise, and compelling foundation grant narrative.


Cooking Club

Wednesday, May 31, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dudley Branch

Teens ages 12-18 learn valuable cooking and meal-planning skills, and enjoy the results with their friends.


Yoga for Adults

Thursday, June 1, 6 p.m.
Mattapan Branch

Instructors from Hands to Heart Center guide participants in gentle yoga postures and meditation. Clothes you can move in, sneakers, and a mat or towel are recommended.


Concert in the Courtyard: Area 9 Quartet

Friday, June 2, 12:30 p.m.
McKim Courtyard, Central Library in Copley Square

Area 9 Quartet is a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to exploring the rich, diverse, and ever-growing chamber music repertoire for saxophone.



City-Wide Friends Book Sale

Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cushman Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Stock up on books for the summer and help the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library support BPL programs and services.