All Boston Public Library locations are closed Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents' Day.

New & Noteworthy

  • A Message from President David Leonard to the Boston Public Library Community
    During this time of uncertainty the Boston Public Library remains a constant for our community, as it has since its founding in 1848. Dedicated to the advancement of learning, the Boston Public Library serves “to educate the people as the safeguard of order and liberty.” Read the rest of the message here.
  • Boston Public Library, Wedding Ceremony Giveaway
    What better way to begin the next chapter of your life together than exchanging vows inside the Central Library in Copley Square's iconic outdoor Courtyard? As one of the City's most sought-after wedding venues, and an institution dedicated to serving the public, the Boston Public Library is giving six couples the opportunity to host their wedding ceremony within its historic walls this June — for free! Learn more
  • Rare Books & Manuscripts Inventory
    An inventory of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department’s nearly 250,000 rare books and one million manuscripts is underway. To accommodate this work, rare books and manuscript materials are on a reduced viewing schedule. For more details: Rare Books Room

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.



Bean Doodling Workshop with Cartoonist Cara Bean

Tuesday, February 21, 4:30 p.m.
Adams Street Branch

Children enjoy a playful workshop that includes sketching games, character designs, and drawing puzzles. Recommended for ages 6 and up, but all kids are welcome.


The Pineapple Project

Wednesday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.
Fields Corner Branch

The Pineapple Project is an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are for kids ages 3-8. Click here for more Pineapple Project events.


Author Talk with Christina Baker Kline

Wednesday, February 22, 6 p.m.
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

Christina Baker Kline’s Piece of the World explores the life of Christina Olson, resident of Cushing, Maine, sufferer of polio, and the subject of the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina’s World.


Dreams Deferred: Stories of Hope through an African American Lens

Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
West Roxbury Branch

American storyteller and cultural lecturer Desiree Taylor introduces us to African Americans who kept their life, their communities, and the United States intact in the face of dreams deferred.


Hansel and Gretel with Boston Lyric Opera

Friday, February 24, 2 p.m.
Adams Street Branch

Two professional singers, a pianist, and a teaching artist engage kids ages 6-12 in this interactive retelling of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale.