New & Noteworthy

  • Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, through to the morning of Tuesday, April 22, the library's catalog will undergo an upgrade. No holds or renewals will be able to be made during this time period, and most electronic resources – databases, digital magazines, streaming media – will be unavailable. E-books may be accessed by going to We apologize for any inconvenience this upgrade may cause.
  • On Sunday, April 20: the Dartmouth Street doors of the Central Library will be open exclusively for admittance to the Dear Boston exhibition, 1 – 5 p.m. No other library spaces or services will be available that day.
  • On Monday, April 21: all Boston Public Library locations will be closed in observance of Patriot’s Day.



Concerts in the Courtyard

Wednesday, April 16 – Saturday, April 19, 12:30 p.m.
McKim Courtyard, Central Library in Copley Square

The library’s open-air courtyard is filled with music during these one-hour lunchtime concerts. Performances by Daniel Acsadi, American Century Music, and New England Conservatory.


Our Marathon: Share Your Story

Wednesday, April 16 – Saturday, April 19, 12 – 4 p.m.
Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley Square

The “Our Marathon” project is a crowdsourced digital archive of stories, photos, videos, and social media related to the 2013 Boston Marathon. Add your story and photos to the archive.


Internet Tutorials

Wednesday, April 16, 4 p.m.
Roslindale Branch

A librarian helps with any computer challenge from setting up a Facebook account to filling out a job application.


Author Talk with Robert Wicks

Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Robert Wicks talks about his book Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm. A Boston Marathon program.


Second Annual Open Mic Poetry Night

Thursday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.
Uphams Corner Branch

Come share your poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month. All ages, languages, and styles of poetry are welcome. Preregister by calling 617.265.0139.