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 are planning to reopen the week of May 30. 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.

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.
  • Jamaica Plain Branch Reopening
    The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library has reopened, following a $10 million renovation to revitalize the branch services and spaces, including a 20% increase in space for the community to read, browse the collection, access computers, attend and host meetings, and participate in programming. See the branch hours here.
  • 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.


Company One Theatre Presents “Peerless”

Through Saturday, May 27
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

This fully staged theatrical production written by Jiehae Park sets Macbeth against the backdrop of college admissions. Click here for the full schedule and times of Peerless performances.



Let’s Talk about Nutrition

Thursday, May 25, 4 p.m.
Hyde Park Branch

Children and families drop by the Children’s Room to discuss healthy eating and enjoy fun learning activities with Allison Lang, a registered dietitian at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.


Baby/Toddler Music Time

Friday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.
Egleston Square Branch

Children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers sing, bounce, read, and play in this interactive musical story time.


Yoga for Older Adults

Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.
Parker Hill Branch

Earthseed Yoga presents Saturday yoga classes for adults ages 55 and older. All experience levels are welcome, and yoga mats and props will be provided.


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.