Proposing Programs for the Boston Public Library

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 programs@bpl.org.

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.

Community Program Partners - Apply in January 2020

The Boston Public Library will seek 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 FY21 in January 2020. We require both new and returning BPL Community Program Partners in Greater Boston to apply.

  1. Projects will be for Fiscal Year 2021. Programs to take place July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021.
  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.

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.

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