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Dudley

65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
617-442-6186

Branch Librarian: Allen Knight

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12 p.m.–8 p.m.
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
12 p.m.–8 p.m.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
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exterior of branch

Hours & Directions

Current programs and activities

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More information about the Dudley community

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At 5 p.m. on Friday, November 17 the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library will undergo a temporary closure for renovations with plans to reopen in Spring 2020. The $14.7 million renovation includes a new welcome area overlooking a redesigned plaza; improved visibility and openness; dedicated space for children, teens, and adults; a nutrition lab and technology teaching lab; refreshed collections; and more. During the closure, Dudley Branch patrons are encouraged to use any of the BPL’s other locations throughout the city.

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION

The Dudley Branch has a large collection of books covering the African American experience since before the Civil War. Some of the topics covered are the slave trade, the Underground Railroad, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement. There is also an extensive collection of books about African American music and musicians including gospel, blues, jazz and soul.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED

Each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. films are shown for preschoolers. Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. is story time for children. Craft projects are often included so, please preregister. Anime’ films for teens are shown Thursdays at 4 p.m. On alternate Saturday afternoons, chess lessons are offered for all ages.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED

The Black Doll Show, live concerts, author visits and poetry sessions are some of the annual offerings at the Dudley Branch. Each year there are also programs sponsored by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund Grants and may include local history, adult literacy, music and children and teen programs.

There are excellent programs sponsored by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund.

Children's Area Dudley Friends group

The Children's Area

Members of the Dudley Friends Group—Photo by Ronald Shelburne, Jr.

HISTORY

The Dudley Branch opened its doors in its current location at 65 Warren Street, in April of 1978, replacing both the Mount Pleasant Branch and the privately endowed Fellowes Athenaeum.