BOSTON – Monday, July 6, 2020 – The Boston Public Library today announced that it is extending the BPL To Go program to six additional library branches. As of July 13, patrons will be able to pick up books, DVDs, and CDs at the Connolly, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Parker Hill, South End, and West End branches, in addition to the branches that have already opened, including Brighton, Charlestown, Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Lower Mills, Mattapan, South Boston, West Roxbury and the Central Library in Copley Square.
In addition, BPL has announced “Printing To Go,” a new print-on-demand service. Patrons can upload documents they need printed by filling out a form at bpl.org/printing-to-go, and can pick up their print jobs 24 hours later at the Central Library in Copley Square. The printing service, provided for free, is limited to 10 pages per patron per day. Documents will be printed in black and white, single-sided, on 8.5" x 11" paper, and should not include personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other similar information. Print requests must comply with the Library’s Internet Use Procedures and Guidelines.
With BPL To Go, library card and e-card holders can "order" items by placing holds on their items at bpl.org, by using the new BPL To Go iPhone app, or by calling the library's main number at 617-536-5400. Patrons will be able to make an appointment to safely pick up their items — much like picking up takeout from a restaurant — and return items using designated bins. All patrons will be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing at all times.
When their items are ready, patrons will be notified that they are ready for pickup, and will be asked to schedule a time to come to their pickup location. Once they have a time scheduled, patrons will be able to pick up their items from the branches from 2 - 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday; and from 1 - 4 p.m. Friday. At the Central Library, patrons can pick up their items from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday, and from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
- WHAT: BPL To Go will be available at six additional branches, allowing patrons to place holds and pick up books, CDs, and DVDs. Patrons can now also “order” documents to be printed and picked up.
- WHEN: Starting on July 13, 2020
- WHERE: Connolly, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Parker Hill, South End, and West End branches, in addition to the branches that have already opened, including Brighton, Charlestown, Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Lower Mills, Mattapan, South Boston, West Roxbury and the Central Library in Copley Square. Currently, prints can only be retrieved at the Central Library.
- WHO: All library card and e-card holders
No other physical services at the libraries will be available, but all branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources. Additional information about BPL To Go can be found here.