Tour Information and Schedule for the Central Library
Art & Architecture Tours
- Public Tours
- Private Tours
- Student Groups
- Visiting on Your Own
- Volunteer Opportunities
We are not currently accepting requests for future private tours. As unauthorized guides are not permitted to lead tours on BPL premises, patrons may refer to the “Visiting on Your Own” section below.
If you are a teacher or professor planning to bring your students for a self-guided Art & Architecture tour of the Central Library, please contact the Tours office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-859-2216 to register your group (please allow a minimum of 3 weeks before your planned tour).
Any student group attending a private tour must provide one adult chaperone per 10 students. The tour material is currently recommended for middle-school age and above.
For groups that are interested in a visit to the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center, please visit their website.
Please note that unauthorized guides are not permitted to lead tours in the library. All group tours must be led by an approved BPL-trained guide or staff member. For information and policies on groups, please contact email@example.com or 617.859.2216.
The following guide is available to those experiencing the Central Library's art and architecture outside of a group:
- Art & Architecture of the Central Library in Copley Square (Virtual Booklet)
Free printed booklets are available on-site for patrons. For more information about art and architectural points of interest in the Central Library, please visit our art & architecture page.
- General Building Resources
- Handbook of the New Public Library in Boston (1895)
- A Handbook to the Art and Architecture of the Boston Public Library
- An Index to the Persons Commemorated by Inscriptions or Works of Art in the Central Library Building of the Boston Public Library, opens a new window by Frank N. Jones (in the BPL catalog)
For more information about the program requirements and the responsibilities of volunteer Art & Architecture tour guides, please refer to the position overview (PDF).
While we are not currently recruiting volunteer Art & Architecture tour guides, you are welcome to submit an application for consideration in the future. Interested candidates should complete the application (PDF) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tour Guide Program, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.