Boston Public Library

Children’s Room at the Central Library, Copley Square

During the Central Library’s renovations, the Children’s Room is located in the McKim Exhibition Hall. Limited collections and services are available at this time. For more information on the Central Library renovations, please visit our Compass Blog.

The Children’s Room is for children ages 13 and under and their parents, caregivers and teachers. Everyone is welcome to browse the collection or look for a specific book, but seating in the Children’s Room is limited to children and their adults only. For more information, see our Safe Child policy.


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

Books, CDs, DVDs and More

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


Computers Available:

  • 4 computers with internet access and programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel (valid library card required)
  • 1 catalog/database computers to look up items (card only required to place holds) and find articles

Saving and Printing:

  • Files may only be saved to a computer for a single session. Email files to yourself, upload them to a file storage website, or save to a USB drive before you log off. Once you log off, the computer is wiped clean of any files that have been saved to it.
  • In order to pay for your print, copy, or scan jobs, you will need to add money to your library card account using the red service kiosk now located within the Teen Room. If you do not have a library card, you may create an account via the kiosk with a minimum of $1.00.
  • Black and white printing and photocopying costs 15 cents per page.
  • Color printing costs 75 cents per page.
  • Scanning costs 5 cents per page.

Filtering software installed on them to limit customers’ exposure to some websites that could be offensive to some users. Filtering software may not block all material users might find offensive. The Boston Public Library has no control over information accessed through the Internet and cannot be responsible for its content. Parents may wish to supervise their children’s Internet sessions.