Internet Access

The Boston Public Library is a free wireless hotspot.  Patrons using wireless devices may access the Library's Internet service at the Central library and at all branch locations. We also offer desktop computers that you may use to reach Internet-accessible resources.

The Boston Public Library does not monitor Internet use, has no control over the information accessed through the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature. The Boston Public Library complies with the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act which requires the use of filtering software for adults, teens and children. Adults, defined by the law as over the age of 17, may choose to use unfiltered computers for Internet access. Filtering software may not block all material users might find offensive. Parents may give their children approval to use unfiltered computers for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. Parents are encouraged to supervise their children’s Internet sessions.

Public computer use:

  • In our branch locations and many Central Library departments you must sign up with the Pharos Computer Reservation System before using an Internet computer; a library or visitors card is necessary for some computer use.
  • If you are doing subject specific research in some Central Library research departments you must sign in with Library staff before using an Internet computer; a library or visitors card is necessary for computer use.
  • You may print documents at specified printing stations. You must purchase a print card to pay for the printouts.

Users are required to adhere to any posted use or time limitations.

Boston Public Library Internet Policy