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Jamaica Plain

30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Branch Librarian: Laura Pattison


10 a.m.–6 p.m.
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
12 p.m.–8 p.m.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
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Jamaica Plain Branch

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Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library

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The renovated Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library reopened on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The $10 million renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library revitalizes the branch services and spaces, including a 20% increase in space for the community to read, browse the book collection, access computers, attend and host meetings, and participate in programming.


The branch holds a large collection of local history books, local poets' works, mysteries, cookbooks, graphic novels, Teen materials, travel guides, classic American and foreign DVDs, and children’s picture and chapter books. The children’s room has a collection called “Picture Peace,” which contains books on peace, respect, and creative conflict resolution. The branch also houses a collection of adult and children’s Spanish language materials.


The JP Branch offers a variety of programs for children of all ages including baby lapsits, toddler and preschool story hours, an afternoon crafts program for elementary students, “tween” book discussions and crafts, creative library drama, and drop-in science programs. Summer reading programs are offered for children along with musical, theatrical, and puppet shows.

Programs for adults include frequent art exhibits, musical performances, author and local history lectures, a Social Justice Book Discussion Group, a weekly English/Spanish Language Exchange Group, and an annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Each year during the month of March, the Friends of the JP Branch sponsor a fundraising concert of Irish music.


The Jamaica Plain Branch began in June, 1876, as a small Reading Room in Curtis Hall, with books supplied by the Roxbury Branch of the BPL. In September, 1877, it expanded and became the first BPL branch to purchase books from public funds. After a fire in 1908, the present building was constructed. The architecturally distinctive building features large schoolhouse windows and two fireplaces. It opened on July 24, 1911. An addition was built in 1936 and the interior was remodeled in 1963.