New & Noteworthy

  • The Rare Books Department at the Central Library in Copley Square will be closed through November for maintenance. During this time, all Boston Public Library rare books and manuscript materials will be unavailable for viewing. Please note that many items from the Rare Books Department are available online through the Digital Commonwealth or Internet Archive. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back for updates once maintenance is complete.
  • Students in grades K-8 can receive free afterschool homework help from high-achieving high school students at Boston Public Library locations throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Try the library’s streaming media service today. Borrow 10 e-comics, movies, television shows, audiobooks, and albums each calendar month.



Lowell Lecture: Peter Barber

Monday, October 5, 6 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Peter Barber, former head of Map Collections at the British Library, discusses “Colonies in Context: The Place of North America in King George’s World View.” Part of the 2015 Lowell Lecture Series.


One City One Story

Monday, October 5, 6:30 p.m.
East Boston Branch

Discuss “Home Movie” by Jennifer De Leon, the Boston Book Festival’s 2015 One City One Story selection. Click here for more One City One Story discussions.


Renovation Roundtable

Tuesday, October 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Join library staff and City of Boston representatives, innovators, and residents to learn about the new Kirstein Business Library and share your ideas for the retail space.


Author Talk with Diana Nicosia

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.
South End Branch

Award-winning artist and first-time novelist Diana Nicosia reads from her book The Caravaggio Contract.


Getting Started on Your Family History

Wednesday, October 7, 6 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Rhonda R. McClure outlines the first steps to uncovering your genealogy and gives pointers that make getting started less daunting. Part of the 2015 Local and Family History Series.