Boston Public Library

Children’s Library at the Central Library, Copley Square



The newly renovated Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square is a vibrant space for our young visitors and their caregivers. Featuring whimsical, colorful designs that evoke the City of Boston, the Children’s Library is nearly twice as large as our previous Children’s Room.

The Children’s Library is for children in grades eight and under in the company of a parent, teacher, or adult caregiver. Everyone is welcome to browse the collection or look for a book, but seating in the Children’s Library is limited to children and their accompanying adults only. For more information, please see our Safe Child policy.


The Children’s Library hosts a wide variety of programs for children and their caregivers. Check the Central Library calendar for upcoming events.


Monday through Thursday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday and Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


The children’s room has a large & diverse collection, including:


The Children’s Library features public computers for use with a child’s Boston Public Library card. Four AWE Early Literacy Stations, featuring games and activities for young children, are available for half hour sessions with no library card required.

For general information on public computer use and printing at the Boston Public Library, please visit Computers and Technology.