Outreach extends services and programs beyond the library’s physical and virtual spaces to offer equitable access to information and resources, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations.

Current outreach partners

Boston Medical Center

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  • Community served: all bWell Center families, representing a diverse range of needs, incomes, and backgrounds
  • Services provided: on-site library book collection, library card sign-up, waiting room activities, Storywalks
  • Partner since: 2012

The mission of the bWell Center at Boston Medical Center is to “improve health and wellness of BMC pediatric patients by supporting positive lifestyle choices,” including literacy. Once a month the Boston Public Library provides a collection of 50 books on health topics as well as library card sign-ups, program promotion, and interactive reading and activities led by a children’s librarian in the waiting room.

Boston Children’s Hospital


  • Community served: hospitalized children and their families
  • Services provided: Mother Goose on the Loose story time, bedside story times, book giveaways, library card sign-up, hospital staff literacy training
  • Partner since: 2014

The Boston Public Library reaches local, national and international families through its outreach to Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). The youth outreach librarian performs Mother Goose on the Loose storytimes for infant and toddlers and reads at the bedsides of hospitalized children of all ages. Soon the library will expand its partnership with BCH to include regular visits to their Primary Care Center and Martha Eliot Health Center in Jamaica Plain.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s Kids Day Afterschool Program


  • Community served: children in need of a safe afterschool environment
  • Services provided: on-site library book collection, story time
  • Partner since: 2013

Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of children through direct services to children and families and public advocacy on their behalf. A Boston Public Library children’s librarian provides monthly visits to MSPCC and brings a book deposit, offers story times, and promotes BPL services and programs.

Interested in library outreach at your organization? Contact Rachel Keeler at or 617-859-2325 or your neighborhood branch’s children’s librarian.