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Parker Hill

1497 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

Branch Librarian: Katrina Morse



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Parker Hill Branch

Hours & Directions

Current programs and activities

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The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library is closed for approximately one year for needed exterior and interior building repairs and improvements. Please visit one of our other locations, or use our online services 24 hours a day.

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Roxbury Community College Library is available for the public to pick up hold items. You may also choose to pick up your items at any other BPL location. If you need help learning how to place items on hold or need to reset your PIN, please contact the BPL.

Starting in September, library staff will be offering programming around the Mission Hill neighborhood thanks to community organizations:

Yoga for Older Adults

The Tobin Community Center hosts weekly yoga classes for seniors Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am. Classes run every Saturday, in January, March, and May.

Location: Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St

Family Story Time

Beginning September 12. Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. while Boston Public Schools are in session. Stories and songs for ages 0-4. Siblings welcome.

Location: Community Room at Mission Grammar School, 94 St. Alphonsus Street

Homework Help

Beginning September 19. Homework Help will be available every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Come do your homework with teen mentors. Basic school supplies and laptops will be available. Program will be held only when Boston Public Schools are in session.

Location: Music Room of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Mission Church), 1545 Tremont Street

DIY for Kids

Beginning September 14. Drop-in on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm to do a fun project with Rachel. Best for ages 5 and up. Program will be held only when Boston Public Schools are in session.

Location: Music Room of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Mission Church), 1545 Tremont Street

Book Discussion Group

Beginning September. The Parker Hill Branch Book Discussion Group meets on the third Thursday of every month at 1:30pm, with the exception of December, when we meet on 12/14 (the second Thursday). For titles, please check the BPL Events calendar or sign up for PH Updates.

Location: Mission Hill Health Movement, 1534 Tremont Street

Pop-Up Library

Join us on the second Wednesday of the month from 3-7pm for the chance to do a craft project, mingle, and seek assistance from library staff. Limited materials will be available for checkout and laptops will be available for use. Winter dates are: Wed. December 13, Wed January 10, Wed February 14.

Location: Mission Hill Health Movement, 1534 Tremont Street

Computer Use - Northeastern University – NE Crossing

Please check for their hours.


The Parker Hill Branch houses the Streetfeet Archives. Streetfeet Women, a culturally diverse troupe of writers and performers, was organized and founded by Elena H. Dodd and Mary M. McCullough in 1982. These historic documents are displayed in a beautiful hand-made dark oak cabinet that blends with the furniture and Flemish oak of the building. Individuals are permitted to peruse through and research this collection.


The Children's Room of the Parker Hill Branch offers many fun and exciting activities for children of all ages on a year-round basis. Weekly toddler and preschool story times are offered for families and daycares on the colorful story time rug. Every summer, there is a summer reading program for children and teens.

The Parker Hill Branch is teamed with the Maurice Tobin School and the Tobin Community Center as part of Mayor Menino’s Community Learning Initiative, a multi-department collaboration aimed at helping Boston’s youth reach their full potential by coordinating learning and recreation throughout the day.

A monthly book discussion for adults is a favorite. One-to-one computer training can be scheduled.

Annual open houses offer refreshments, music and crafts for adults and children.

Additional recurring programs include friends book sales, raised-bed gardening in the summer, and crafts for adults.


A variety of special programs are held each year. With grants from Parker Hill/ Fenway Trust, Parker Hill Branch has provided a series of Mission Hill Music concerts and Mission Hill Art workshops. Programs are held in the lecture hall which is also available to groups who need space.

Children’s educational and entertaining programs are offered throughout the year.

Additional special programs include Yoga for Older Adults, weekly yoga classes for seniors made possible by grants from the Mission Hill Fenway Neighborhood Trust; and sound art concert series New Ideas in Music and Sound, featuring cutting-edge original works of music and sound art by students currently enrolled in colleges in the Fenway/Mission Hill area.


Artists can contact the library to display their works. The library collaborates with organizations and residents to provide a variety of art displays. Massachusetts College of Art is partnering with the library and other community organizations to create various art projects and displays.

  Summer Reading display

Drawings by 4th Graders Art Show


Summer Reading Club Display


The Branch first opened in a rented space at 1518 Tremont Street in July 1907. It remained in this location until May 1931 when Mayor James Michael Curley opened the new branch that was designed in 1929 by famed architect Ralph Adams Cram.  Cram appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1926 and was heralded as Boston's foremost architect.  He left a significant impact on the area having designed many buildings and churches including All Saint's Church in Brookline, the Japanese Garden Court at the Museum of Fine Arts, the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, and the Second Unitarian Church in Boston.  He also designed the St. Thomas Church in New York City.  Many have said that the Parker Hill Branch has a church-like feel to it - it is open and airy with many lovely details such as plaster rosettes on the ceiling. The branch is noted for its unique local history collection.

The outside of the building has the carved seal of Massachusetts on one side and the seal of the city of Boston on the other. Over the door is a carved seal of the Boston Public Library. Sunlight shines through the tiny window-panes on the heavy oak tables making the library a pleasant place to spend the afternoon.  In the front yard Dolly’s Garden was planted in memory of Dolly DeSimone, who was children’s librarian at Parker Hill Branch for more than twenty years.