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For more information on the Massachusetts Public Records Law, please see the Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law or visit the website for the City of Boston Records Access Officer

For general information regarding the Federal Freedom of Information Act, please see  Note that requests to the BPL only require a request made per the guidelines of the Massachusetts public records law.

To make a request for records covered by public records laws or the Freedom of Information Act, please use this form on the City of Boston website. Questions about submitting your request may be directed to Pamela Carver (

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