Boston Public Library

Rare Books Department

3rd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library

The Rare Books Reading Room at the Central Library will be temporarily closed to the public from Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 19 to make improvements to the space, including the installation of new carpet. 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 Digital Commonwealth or the Internet Archive.
The Rare Books and Manuscripts Department serves as the Boston Public Library's principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and historical artifacts of permanent or enduring value collected for their intellectual content and historical significance. The primary mission of the department and its staff is to preserve and create access to these collections through collection development, cataloging, reference services, interpretive programs and exhibitions, and conservation, in order to make them accessible to the scholarly community and the general public.

Exhibits, Past
Internet Resources
Photo reproduction
Use of the Department