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- Fine Arts - Topics include art history, architecture, painting sculpture, drawing, design, illustration, decorative arts, and antiques. The department also holds some City of Boston Building Department records of Boston Buildings, c.1879 to 1966.
- Government Information - Collects and houses publications from all levels of government including federal, state and city, as well as select publications of foreign governments. The department is also a depository for patents and trademarks as well as for many United Nations publications.
- Kirstein Business Library - A specialized business reference and research service.
- Microtext - The Microtext Department has the majority of the library's microfilm, microfiche, and microprint research collections.
- Music - Assists in musical study including biography, ethnomusicology, history and criticism, music education, and theory and composition, as well as the collected editions of all the major composers.
- Newspapers - The Newspaper Room receives over 260 national and international newspapers. It keeps the latest three months for viewing. Older newspapers can be viewed in the Microtext Department across the hallway.
- Norman B. Leventhal Map Center - The NBL Map Center seeks to preserve, catalog, study, and exhibit the BPL's historically significant collection of 350,000 (World, European, and United States) maps. By appointment only.
- Prints - Service is by appointment only.
- Rare Books and Manuscripts - This material must be used under staff supervision within the Central Library.
- Reference & Reader's Advisory - Provides reference services on all subjects as well as in-depth reference in the sciences and humanities.
- Social Sciences - Covers topics as diverse as anthroplogy, business and economics, coins, and medals, criminology, education, family studies, history, political science, social history, sociology, transportation, and women's studies.
- Special Collections - Special collection material must be used under staff supervision within the Central Library.
The Library also provides reference over the telephone 617-536-5400
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