Proposing Programs for the Boston Public Library

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 for FY20. We encourage new and returning BPL Community Program Partners in Greater Boston to apply.

  1. Projects are for Fiscal Year 2020. Programs to take place July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020.
  2. All programs at the Boston Public Library are free and open to the public.
  3. Projects should align with the BPL’s activities, collections and Compass: Strategic Plan. Programming in the areas of arts & culture or education particularly focused on underserved populations, including immigrants, underemployed, or people experiencing homelessness.
  4. Projects that focus on social and racial equity, workforce development, citizenship, public health and civic engagement are also areas of high interest to the Library.
  5. Youth focused programs are also encouraged that focus on instilling a love of reading and learning, engage parents and/or caregivers to better support a learning environment for pre-k students, or engages children and/or teens in arts & culture, civics, STEAM, and/or 21st century skills.

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 (including author talks, summer programming, and school vacation programming) are coordinated by the Programs and Outreach department.

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 You may also submit a program partnership proposal for the fiscal year 2019 using this online formopens a new window.

Please note that the Central Library in Copley Square schedules programs a minimum of three months prior to the scheduled event date. 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.