COVID-19 UPDATE

At this point, there are few people who have not been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 virus. Here at the Boston Public Library, we are doing everything in our power to continue to bring you important services. All locations closed All BPL locations are closed until further notice. All online services will remain…
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Access Library Services From Home

While our locations remain closed, we still have many library services available to you from home. Streaming and Downloadable Collections You don't need to visit the library to find something good to read, watch or listen to. We have large collections of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, movies, and TV series for you to enjoy on…
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McKim Building 125th Anniversary

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Pollack | 617.859.2319 | lpollack@bpl.org | news@bpl.org Historical Background In his dedication poem for the cornerstone laying ceremony for the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) McKim Building (1888), Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, “This palace is the people’s own.” On March 11, 1895, the McKim Building in Copley Square opened to the public. Above…
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Boston Public Library Celebrates Black History Month with Annual “Black Is…” Booklist & Special Events

BOSTON, February 6, 2020—The Boston Public Library (BPL) honors Black History Month with its annual “Black is ...” booklist of 60 recent works that relate unique aspects of the African American experience. Copies are available at all library locations and the list also appears on the BPL website at bit.ly/BlackIs-2020. Cherry-picked by staff librarians from…
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Boston Public Library Launches New Winter Concert Series

BOSTON, January 18, 2020—Boston Public Library is launching a new counterpart to its Summer Concerts in the Courtyard. Beginning today, Saturday, January 18, the free Winter Concert Series features acoustic performances by accomplished students from Berklee College of Music. Their styles range from jazz and pop to soul and bluegrass; their instruments from violin and reeds to…
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Andre Dubus III, Dan Mazue, and Kellie Carter Jackson to defend novels at the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Hundred Year Retroactive Book Award of 1919, Christopher Lydon to Moderate

The Associates of the Boston Public Library will conduct its Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition to weigh the enduring literary merits of bestsellers published in 1919. This year’s contenders are Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Frans Masereel's Passionate Journey, and Carl Sandburg's The Chicago Race Riots. The books will be championed by authors Andre Dubus III…
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Macmillan eBook Embargo

Recent changes to the way publishers allow libraries to purchase eBooks may be impacting your ability to find titles in OverDrive and other eBook and audiobook collections. Below, we have tried to answer some questions that patrons may have. Why does the BPL only have one copy of the title I want to borrow? Several…
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Mayor Walsh, Boston Public Library Announce Elimination of Youth Library Card Fines

BOSTON - Friday, October 25, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the Boston Public Library (BPL) is eliminating overdue fines for youth under the age of 18 who have a Boston Public Library card. The announcement follows a unanimous vote from the BPL Board of Trustees to eliminate overdue fines which in…
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Mayor Walsh, Community Celebrate Start of Construction for $10 Million Renovation of the Roslindale Branch

BOSTON - Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined Boston Public Library (BPL) officials and Roslindale community members to highlight the start of construction for renovation of the Roslindale Branch. The $10.2 million renovation will reconfigure and update of the interior of the building, providing a larger community room with updated…
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