Proposing Programs for the Boston Public Library

Community Program Partners

The Boston Public Library is seeking Community Program Partnerships for both the Central Library in Copley Square and the twenty-five neighborhood branches that support our activities, collections, and Compass: Strategic Plan.

We are inviting program partners to consider aligning their proposals with the Boston Public Library’s program theme and areas of interest that the library will be focusing on in 2020.

Our 2020 programming theme, Contested Perspectives, encourages us to think about how the same reality can look very different depending on where you stand. From the ways we interpret the news to the stories we tell about the past, in public debates about justice or in the competing viewpoints of an election season, how we see things depends on who we are and what sources we look to for the truth.

Other areas of interest include: The 2020 Presidential election, women’s suffrage, climate change, arts & culture, underserved communities, workforce development, and civic engagement. Potential partners that align with our theme and areas of interest will receive higher priority.

The Boston Public Library is currently seeking program partnerships for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).

To be considered for Fiscal Year 2021 submit the application below by February 28, 2020Decisions will be reached and organizations will be notified by May 15, 2020.

All programs at the Boston Public Library are free and open to the public.

Apply to be a Community Program Partner.

Central Library and Block/Series Program and Event Proposals/Suggestions

Adult, teen, and children's programs and events at the Central Library in Copley Square and programs for multiple locations are developed and planned by library staff in multiple departments. In order to accommodate the large number of diverse offerings, programs are planned seasonally, months in advance. 

To propose a single program for the Central Library, or to propose a series of programs at multiple locations, please submit a completed programming proposal (PDF form - use Adobe Reader to fill out & save) by email to

Applications to be a program partner of the Boston Public Library are accepted every January for the next fiscal year. Program partners work with the library to offer a series of programs with thematic ties to the Library’s mission. Look for an online form to propose a program partnership in January 2020 for July 2020 – June 2021. Inquiries beyond single program requests will be referred to this application process.

Please note that the Central Library in Copley Square schedules programs a minimum of three months prior to the scheduled event date. Availability after this time is scarce. We will review all proposals and contact you if we are able to accommodate your proposed program. Proposals are kept on file for possible future use.

Branch Library Program and Event Proposals

To propose an adult, teen, and children's program or event at a single branch library location, please contact the branch directly.