New & Noteworthy

  • The Rare Books Department at the Central Library in Copley Square is now open. To make an appointment to view materials from the Boston Public Library collections, please email
  • BPL card holders can access more than 300 free six-week online Gale Courses, with topics including project management, guitar, grant writing, video editing, and more.
  • 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.



Author Talk with Marilynn Johnson

Wednesday, December 2, 6 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Marilynn Johnson discusses The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area Since the 1960s. Part of the 2015 Local and Family History Series.


The Legacy of William Lloyd Garrison and “The Liberator”

Thursday, December 3, 6 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Donald Yacovone commemorates the 150th anniversary of the final issue of William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist newspaper “The Liberator.”


Getting Started on Your Family History

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
West Roxbury Branch

Genealogist Rhonda McClure demonstrates how to get started on researching your family history.


Preschool Story Time

Friday, December 4, 10:30 a.m.
Codman Square Branch

Young children enjoy stories and songs.


City-Wide Friends Book Sale

Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cushman Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Start your holiday shopping with a wide selection of books, CDs, DVDs, vintage records, LPs, and old Boston sports photographs. All proceeds support the Boston Public Library.