About the Honan-Allston Branch

Special Features

  • Study carrels in adult reading area
  • Large Rita M. DiGesse community room with baby grand piano
  • Private study room and conference room
  • Art gallery for exhibitions by local artists


  • Using horse-drawn carriages, a delivery station in Frank Howe's drugstore at 26 Franklin Street first provided library service to Allston in 1889.
  • In 1905, the Allston Reading Room opened at 354 Cambridge Street and became a full-service branch in 1924. The branch moved to 161 Harvard Avenue in 1929 and was closed following statewide budget cuts in 1981.
  • The current location opened on June 16, 2001, designed by Machado & Silvetti Associates, Inc.
  • On March 13, 2003 the branch was renamed the Honan-Allston Branch in honor of the late City Councilor Brian Honan.

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