Donate to the BPL Spice Bank

The Boston Public Library today announced the launch of the BPL Spice Bank, in collaboration with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).

What: Patrons are encouraged to bring unopened spices and dried herbs to their local participating branch. With the help of the GBFB, each branch will gift donations—along with high-quality, nutritious food—to families and individuals across Eastern Massachusetts. Additionally, donations dropped off at the Newsfeed Café, located at the Central Library in Copley Square, will be matched by the Café.

Why: By providing access to spices, the BPL hopes to offer a way to maintain a sense of cultural identity and family traditions, encourage creative and nutritious cooking, and promote the abundant cultural make up that is found in Massachusetts. 

When: Donations will be accepted from November 2022 through May 2023.

Where: Participating branch locations are listed below.

  • Adams Street Branch
  • Brighton Branch
  • Central Library in Copley Square (Newsfeed Café)
  • Charlestown Branch
  • Codman Square Branch
  • Connolly Branch
  • East Boston Branch
  • Egleston Square
  • Fields Corner Branch
  • Honan-Allston Branch
  • Jamaica Plain Branch
  • Lower Mills Branch
  • Mattapan Branch
  • North End Branch
  • Parker Hill Branch
  • Roslindale Branch
  • Roxbury Branch
  • South Boston Branch
  • West End Branch
  • West Roxbury Branch