Teen Central at the Central Library
Teen Central opened in February 2015 as part of Phase One of the Central Library Renovation. It is located on the second floor of the Johnson building, which overlooks Boylston Street. Teen Central features a Media Lounge for gaming, the Lab (a digital makerspace for media creation, coding, and more), diner-style seating, space for quiet study, moveable book shelves, and plenty of books. The Media Lounge houses two eighty-inch monitors for playing Xbox 1, Play Station 4, Wii U, online games, and Netflix and for showcasing digital creations. The Lab gives teens the opportunity to learn, create, code, and more with software including Anime Studio, Manga Studio, FL Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, and Comic Life. There’s something going on every day in Teen Central; please check the calendar for programs.
Hours of Operation
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Teen Central is intended for use by teens in grades 6-12 and its purpose is to centralize the information and recreation resources of youth in this age group while offering them a safe, supportive, and positive space that is uniquely their own. Teens must review and sign the Teen Central Code of Conduct prior to entering the space for the first time.
Contact 617-859-2334 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Central is intended for use by teens in grades 6-12 and its purpose is to centralize the information and recreation resources of youth in this age group while offering them a safe, supportive, and positive space that is uniquely their own.
Teen Central hosts video gaming, software programs, coding, maker programs, a Teen Leadership Council, monthly open mics, an Anime Society, manga drawing workshops, tech programs, and more. Check our calendar for what’s happening.
BPL Teen Central Twitter page
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The Lab offers teens five PC computers and five Macs with twenty different software programs for teens to use for learning, creating, and developing content. Lab software includes Anime Studio, Manga Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, Comic Life, Autodesk, FL Studio, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, and more. The Lab is open during Teen Central hours for teens to who want to use these resources and also offers programs and classes in the different software programs.
The Media Lounge
The Media Lounge houses two eighty-inch monitors for playing Xbox 1, Play Station 4, Wii U, Netflix, online games, or showcasing digital creations as well as carpeted floor and soft furniture for sprawling and relaxing.
Books, CDs, DVDs, and More
Teen Central has a large & diverse collection, including:
- General fiction
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Urban Fiction
- LGBTQ Fiction
- Audiobooks on CD
- Magazines and newspapers including Hype Hair, Hip Hop, Teen Vogue, Otaku USA, Teens in Print, and others.
- PLEASE NOTE: The teen nonfiction collection is interfiled with adult nonfiction.
Any of these items may be located and/or placed on hold using our catalog.
- There are four desktop computers with internet access and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- There are thirty laptops with internet access and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software. These are available to teens for use within Teen Central with no time limit.
Class Visits and Camp Groups
For more information about class visits to Teen Central, see our informational page.