Policies & Procedures

The Boston Public Library has developed a series of policies and procedures to provide guidance around use of its materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds, and to inform the protection of the rights and safety of library patrons, volunteers, and staff.

Access to Materials Policy

Appropriate Library Use

Collection Development Policy (PDF)


Food & Beverage Procedure (PDF)

Guidelines for Behavioral Performance (PDF)

Media Procedure

Meeting Room Use

Noise Level and Cell Phone Usage (PDF)

Photography and Filming

Privacy Policy

Private Events at the Central Library

Reference Services Policy (PDF)

Safe Child

Technology Procedures and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Web Links

The Boston Public Library does not discriminate in the provision of its services on the basis of mental or physical disability. If you would like help using the library, please ask any staff member for assistance.