Special Collections: Visit Us

Special Collections is located at the Central Library in Copley Square, at 700 Boylston Street in Boston.

Inside the library, we are located on the 4th floor of the Boylston Street Building.

Take the Glass Elevator near the Boylston entrance to "3U."

Tables and chairs in a reading room.
By Public Transit

The library is conveniently located near many public transit stations, including the Copley station of the Green Line, the Back Bay station of the Orange Line and Commuter Rail, and bus lines 9, 10, 55, 39, 504, 57, 553, and 501. Use the MBTA Trip Planner for more information on traveling by transit.

By Bicycle
By Car
Accessibility

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an Appointment

Engage with collections in the Special Collections reading room.

Art & Architecture

Art & Architecture

Explore the Central Library's gorgeous architecture through our Art & Architecture pages — or in person on a tour!

Take a Tour

Take a Tour

Join us for one of our public Art & Architecture tours of the Central Library at Copley Square.

Currently on Display

With the opening of our renovated Special Collections department, new display cases in the lobby feature a selection of original objects across collecting areas that highlight the work of our staff to acquire, preserve, describe, and interpret BPL special collections.

Patrons are welcome to experience and engage with this display in the Special Collections lobby from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesday - Friday.

Collage of eight images showing drawings, a baseball game ticket, prints, printed text, and a photograph.
Selections from Special Collections currently on display in the Special Collections Lobby.
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