I don’t live in Massachusetts but I want to do research at the BPL. How do I access materials?

You can get a research card at the Central Library in Copley Square at either the Borrower Services Desk (Level One of the Johnson building) or the Delivery Desk (Level Two of the McKim building). This card is free and allows use of materials inside the library. To get this card, you need a photo ID and a document that states your current address. A driver's license or state ID should fulfill both requirements.

If you are coming to the BPL from far away for extensive research, we encourage you to reach out to our Research Services librarians ahead of your visit to ensure the most efficient use of your time here. You can email our Research Services librarians at ask@bpl.org.