Central Library: Delivery Desk

McKim Building, Second Floor

To request In-Library Use Only materials, please visit the Delivery Desk on the 2nd floor of the McKim Building. See map. You may also call ahead to request a title, or request online.

The location of the item will affect the time from request to retrieval. Items will have one of two locations listed in the catalog:

  • BPL – Central Delivery Desk
    • These items are on-site and readily available.
    • They can be requested up to 30 minutes before closing time.
    • Requests may take up to 30 minutes for staff to process and retrieve.
    • If requesting in person, you will need to fill out a retrieval slip and give it to the desk staff.
  • BPL – Archival Center
    • These items are off-site.
    • Requests will be fulfilled within 10 days.
    • You will receive an email when the item is available.

To make a request at the desk or over the phone, please have:

  • Your Boston Public Library card – if you do not have a card, staff at the Delivery Desk can help you register for one.
  • The title and call number of the item(s) you want.
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