Boston Public Library
Kids

Library FAQ for Kids

How do I get a library card?
Visit any BPL location with a parent or guardian and ask for one at the circulation desk. Your grown-up will have to show a picture ID and proof of address. Kids 13 and up can get a card without an adult present but must have their own picture ID and proof of address (piece of mail, school document, etc.) 

Is there a library branch near me?
We have 24 branch libraries all around Boston, and a Central Library at Copley Square.

When is the library open?
Check here for the hours of the Central Library or neighborhood branches.

How do I get to the library?
Look here for directions and maps for all library locations. Tell your parent, guardian or teacher that you want to go to the library!

How do I find books, videos, and music?
Use our online catalog to see if the library has the book, music or movie you’re looking for.

What if my library doesn’t have the book I’m looking for?
The librarian can help you get library materials from another branch by placing a hold. You can also do this for yourself by signing into your account through our online catalog.

My library items are due soon. How to I renew them?
There are three ways to renew your books and other library materials

1) Stop by the library in person with your library card and go to the circulation desk
2) Call any branch library, read them the number on the back of your library card and tell them what you would like renewed
3) Sign into your library account through our online catalog with your library card number and PIN number.

You cannot renew items that someone has placed a hold on.

What if I lose or damage a book, DVD or CD that I borrowed?
Talk to your friendly neighborhood children’s librarian! They will give you options on how to replace the lost or damaged material.

Have a different question?
Ask your children’s librarian or go to the How Do I…? page.