About the Brighton Branch

Special Features

  • Community room
  • Lounge area overlooking a serenity garden
  • Teen space with cafe-style seating
  • LEED® Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council


  • The Brighton Social Library became a branch of the Boston Public Library when the town of Brighton was annexed to Boston in 1874.
  • In 1874, the Brighton Branch’s collection moved from the town hall to a building named for notable Brighton resident James Holton. The current branch building opened on the same site in 1969.
  • The branch reopened in December 2010 after 18 months of interior renovations to update equipment, provide ADA accessibility, and increase technological capacity.

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