Boston Public Library
Teens

Teen Room at Central Library, Copley Square

PLEASE NOTE: The Teen Room in the Central Library in Copley Square has been temporarily moved to the Boston Room. The Boston Room is located directly across from the circulation desk on the first floor of the Johnson Building.

Grade Limits

For the comfort and safety of our teenagers, the Teen Room is dedicated to teens in grades 6 through 12. If you are not in middle school or high school, you may browse our books and check them out, but you cannot sit and stay, unless you are accompanied by a teenager. Anyone below grade 6 needs to be in the Children’s Room. We thank you for your understanding.

Programs

The Teen Room hosts video gaming, a Teen Advisory Group, creative writing workshops, an Anime Society, manga drawing workshops, and crafts of all kinds. Check our calendar for what’s happening.

Social Media

Twitter: @BPLTeenCentral

Central Library Teen Room Facebook Page

Find out information regarding programs and other important information. If you have any program suggestions, this page is a great place to suggest them to the Central Library, Teen Librarians.

Books, CDs, DVDs and More

The Teen Room has a large & diverse collection, including:

  • General fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Urban Literature (Also known as Street Lit.)
  • LGBTQ Fiction
  • Audio books on CD
  • Anime DVDs
  • Magazines and newspapers including: Hype Hair, ESPN, Seventeen, Alternative Press, Teens in Print, and others.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Our teen non-fiction collection has recently been interfiled with the adult non-fiction and is no longer housed in the Teen Room.

Any of these items may be located and/or placed on hold using our catalog.

Computers

Computers Available:

  • There are 10 computers with internet access and programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher. Teens get one hour per day and a valid library card is  required.

Saving and Printing:

  • Files may only be saved to a computers 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.
  • You need a green print card to pay for printing. Print cards cost $1.00 and are available from machines in the Tech Central area on the first floor of the library. (Read more about computers at the BPL)
  • Black and white printing and photocopying costs 15 cents per page.
  • Color printing costs 75 cents per page.

Filtering software is installed on the computers 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 teen’s Internet sessions.

Class Visits and Camp Groups

PLEASE NOTE: The Central Library Teen Room is unable to accommodate any class visits or camp groups at this time due to a very limited amount of space in the Boston Room. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to having class visits again when we move to our new permanent space in the spring of 2015.

For more information about class visits to the branches, see our informational page here: Class Visits.