New & Noteworthy

  • The Central Library in Copley Square will be closed on Sunday, October 11, and all Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day.
  • 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.



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.


New Ideas in Music and Sound

Thursday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.
Parker Hill Branch

This concert series features cutting-edge original works of music and sound art by students currently enrolled in colleges in the Fenway/Mission Hill area.


A Soldier’s Life

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

Tom Dietzel explores the hardships of enlisted men in the Continental Army during the early years of the Revolutionary War. Click here for more Revolutionary programs.