Public Programs and Meeting Spaces

Central Library

Public Programs

The Boston Public Library offers a wide range of programs each week to the public, a number of which are organized by non-profit organizations. If you would like to inquire about holding your public program at the Library, please refer to the policies and procedures below and contact us at 617.859.2212 or

Due to availability and publicity efforts, please submit any program requests at least 3 weeks prior to the preferred date.

Meeting Space

Community room space is available to 501c3 non-profit organizations holding meetings that are free and open to the public, based on the policies and procedures outlined below:

All meeting room requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the preferred date, are granted on a first come, first served basis, and based on availability. No organization should use the Library as its primary meeting place. Please contact us at 617.859.2212 for availability.

Conference Room Rental

Beginning this summer, the Boston Public Library will have a number of meeting rooms available to accommodate your next corporate conference. Please contact the Events Office to begin planning your meeting in this historic and centrally located venue. Conference Room Pricing

The Catered Affair

The Catered Affair Please contact our in-house caterer, The Catered Affair, for all your catering needs. They also operate the Boston Public Library's Map Room Cafe and Courtyard Restaurant. Please call 617-859-2251 for more information.

Central Library Meeting Spaces

All meeting spaces are offered with the set-up arrangements shown below. Click the thumbnail photos for larger or alternate views.

CommonwealthCommonwealth Salon

The Commonwealth Salon is available for meetings with seating for 80 guests. It is located on the main level of the McKim Building.

Contact Us

Please contact the Boston Public Library’s Special Events Office with any questions at 617.859.2212 or