Boston Public Library
Finances & Budget

FY15 Budget Update

by Ellen Donaghey

Mayor Walsh presented the first City of Boston budget of his administration on April 9 to Boston City Council. The submission included a $2.7 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and a five-year, $1.9 billion capital plan. The BPL has a recommended operating budget of $33,416,125, in FY15, an increase over current FY14 authorized spending of $543,191.

The City’s capital plan funds a number of library projects, including the Jamaica Plain Branch remodeling, expansion and service improvement: $875,0000 in FY15, $8,916,500 in future years; and the Central Library renovation/Johnson Building Phase 2: $34,000,000 for FY15, $30,142,932 in future years. Coupled with earlier spending, the total Johnson Renovation budget allocation is $75,500,000.

The Mayor’s recommended operating budget and capital budget is now under review and discussion by the Boston City Council, with final approval anticipated prior to July 1. Visit for additional details. Also in process is the state’s FY15 budget. Boston Public Library receives state funding in addition to city funding. Stay up-to-date with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts FY15 budget process via this link.

The Mayor’s budget recommendation coupled with some available FY14 funding allows the Library to offer year-round Sunday hours at the Central Library and year-round Saturday hours in the branches. The Central Library in Copley Square will offer year-round Sunday hours of 1 – 5 p.m. in addition to its year-round Saturday hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. In previous years, Sunday hours in Copley Square ended in May and returned in October.

All twenty-four neighborhood branches in the Boston Public Library system will have year-round Saturday hours as well. Saturday hours at Boston Public Library branches vary per location, but are typically 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. In previous years, Saturday hours at Boston Public Library branches ended in June and returned in September.