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.



Our Marathon: Share Your Story

Thursday, April 17 – 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.


Lunchtime Concerts

Thursday, April 17 – Saturday, April 19, 12:30 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

The library is filled with music during these one-hour lunchtime concerts. Performances by American Century Music and New England Conservatory.


Aftermath: A Photographic Reflection

Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m.
Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

Photographer Joshua Touster shows a series of images he took following the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013. A Boston Marathon Program.


Uno, Dos, Tres Con Andrés: A Bilingual Concert para la Familia

Tuesday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.
Connolly Branch

Andrés Salguero performs music that celebrates Latino heritage and cross-cultural sharing. Click here for upcoming appearances.


Author Talk with Larry Doyle

Wednesday, April 23, 6 p.m.
Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Larry Doyle discusses his book In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy.