Teens

Teen Central at the Central Library

Teen Central for site

Teen Central opened in February 2015 as part of Phase One of the Central Library Renovation. It is located on the second floor of the Johnson building, which overlooks Boylston Street. Teen Central features a Media Lounge for gaming, the Lab (a digital makerspace for media creation, coding, and more), diner-style seating, space for quiet study, moveable book shelves, and plenty of books. The Media Lounge houses two eighty-inch monitors for playing Xbox 1, Play Station 4, Wii U, online games, and Netflix and for showcasing digital creations. The Lab gives teens the opportunity to learn, create, code, and more with software including Anime Studio, Manga Studio, FL Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, and Comic Life. There’s something going on every day in Teen Central; please check the calendar for programs. 

Hours of Operation

The hours are; Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Teen Central is intended for use by teens in grades 6-12 and its purpose is to centralize the information and recreation resources of youth in this age group while offering them a safe, supportive, and positive space that is uniquely their own. Teens must review and sign the Teen Central Code of Conduct prior to entering the space for the first time.

Contact 617-859-2334 and teencentral@bpl.org

Grade Limits

Teen Central is intended for use by teens in grades 6-12 and its purpose is to centralize the information and recreation resources of youth in this age group while offering them a safe, supportive, and positive space that is uniquely their own.

Programs

Teen Central hosts video gaming, software programs, coding, maker programs, a Teen Leadership Council, monthly open mics, tech programs, and more. Check our calendar for what’s happening.

Social Media

BPL Teen Central Twitter page

Teen Central Facebook page

The Lab

The Lab offers teens five PC computers and five Macs with twenty different software programs for teens to use for learning, creating, and developing content. Lab software includes Anime Studio, Manga Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, Comic Life, Autodesk, FL Studio, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, and more. The Lab is open Fridays and Saturdays for Open Lab and there are also programs and classes in the different software programs on other days during the week.

The Media Lounge

The Media Lounge houses two eighty-inch monitors for playing Play Station 4, Wii U, Netflix, online games, or showcasing digital creations as well as carpeted floor and soft furniture for sprawling and relaxing.
Books, CDs, DVDs, and More

Teen Central has a large & diverse collection, including:

  • General fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • LGBTQ Fiction and nonfiction
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Magazines and newspapers including Hype HairHip Hop, Teen Vogue, Otaku USA, Teens in Print, and others.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The teen nonfiction collection is interfiled with adult nonfiction.

Any of these items may be located and/or placed on hold using our catalog.

Computers

Computers Available:

  • There are four desktop computers with internet access and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • There are thirty laptops with internet access and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software. These are available to teens for use within Teen Central with no time limit.

Class Visits and Camp Groups

For more information about class visits to Teen Central, see our informational page.