Reference & Reader's Advisory Department

Johnson Building, First Floor
Contact via 617-536-5400

About the Reference & Reader's Advisory Department

The Reference & Reader's Advisory Department provides reference services on all subjects as well as in-depth reference in the sciences and humanities. Librarians are available to assist patrons with searching the library’s print and electronic resources, as well as the library’s microfiche catalog (materials collected before 1974). For any items the library does not own, librarians can assist patrons with requesting material from other libraries.

Additional services provided by the Reference and Reader's Advisory Department:

Reference & Reader's Advisory librarians are available at the Information Desk on the first floor of the Johnson Building

You can also contact the department by email at, through our online Research Question form, or by mail at:

The Boston Public Library
Central Library at Copley Square
Research Services Department
700 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116

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Online Resources

For department updates visit the Boston Public Library Reader Services Facebook page Facebook