New & Noteworthy

  • 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.
  • Try the library’s streaming media service today. Borrow 10 e-comics, movies, television shows, audiobooks, and albums each calendar month.
  • 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.



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.


Lowell Lecture: M. T. Anderson

Wednesday, October 14, 6 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Novelist M. T. Anderson explores the history behind his National Book Award-winning epic, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Part of the 2015 Lowell Lecture Series.


Michael Lepage as President John Adams

Thursday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.
Brighton Branch

As performed by Michael Lepage, John Adams reflects on his life and times. Click here for more Revolutionary programs.


Lapsit Story Time

Friday, October 16, 10:30 a.m.
Fields Corner Branch

Miss Cindy reads books and shares rhymes, stories, and songs for parents and caregivers to use at home. For children ages birth to 3 with a caregiver.


Friends’ Fall Book Sale

Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
South Boston Branch

Find adult and youth books and AV items available for sale at low prices. Hosted by the Friends of the South Boston Branch. All proceeds support the South Boston Branch.