Rare book

We're saving one of the oldest books in Boston...

but more priceless books need your help. Please support this vital work by making a donation.

Upcoming Events

  • Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award of 1916
    Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 6:30 PM
  • A Cry Against Players: Pilgrims, Puritans and Shakespeare's Wicked Stage Lecture and Performance Featuring Richard Pickering
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM
  • Literary Lights Dinner
    Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 6 PM at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Associates of the Boston Public Library

Our Mission

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library's special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other items of significant historic interest. The Associates is working to ensure continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their conservation, cataloging, digitization, and exhibition. To see examples of this work please visit the Rare Books Department blog. The Associates oversees the David McCullough Conservation Fund and the William O. Taylor Fund, both of which are making extraordinary conservation projects possible.

Since its founding in 1972, the Associates has been the creator and underwriter of a wide array of programs, designed to heighten public awareness of the Boston Public Library's vast free, educational resources, and to expand the role of the Boston Public Library in the intellectual life of the City. These programs have included:

Associates members are invited to these events.

Board of Directors

Vivian K. Spiro, Chairman
William Martin, Vice Chairman
Julia Pfannenstiehl, Vice Chairman
Anita Lincoln, Treasurer
Alan Andres, Secretary

Joseph S. Berman
Peter Brown
Priya Giri Desai
Joseph Finder
Stona Fitch
Allan Green
Kathryn Lasky
Sharon C. Lincoln
Margo Levine Newman
Joan Patton
Karen Taggart
Mary Pfeifer von Lentz

David Leonard

Louisa Stephens, Executive Director

Associates of the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Phone: 617-536-3886
Fax: 617-536-3813
e-mail: associates@bpl.org