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About the Boston Public Library

Learn about our history, our future, and how we operate today.

Affiliates of the Library

Support the organizations who support your library.

Borrowing and Circulating Information

How do I get a card? How long may I borrow this book? Can I renew it? All the answers are here.

Computers & Technology

More information about the public computers and free wireless Internet access available at all 24 Boston Public Library neighborhood locations. Learn more about our in-library laptop lending program.

Job Opportunities

The Boston Public Library is committed to providing a talented, knowledgeable and diverse workforce dedicated to providing excellent service to our customers. For information on becoming part of the BPL staff, check out our list of current job opportunities.

Policies and Procedures

How we provide reference, develop our collections, and many other questions are answered here.

Popular Subjects and Call Numbers

Like to browse? Learn where to find what you're looking for, and how to decipher a Library of Congress call number.