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Access Center Services -Concourse- 617-859-2295
Access services houses computers equipped with adaptive technology for use by people with disabilities. Also available is a circulating collection of materials relating to education, conversation groups, career, ESL, GED, citizenship, literacy and disability-related materials.
Audio Visual Materials -Concourse- 617-859-2317
VHS, DVD, CD, and cassette materials are available. Educators can request educational media for classroom use.
Children’s Services -First Floor- 617-859-2328
The Margret and H.A. Rey Children’s Room offers a variety
of books, audio visual materials, books-on-tape, children’s
programming and magazines for children from pre-school age
to 12. Reference books for parents, teachers, researchers and
curriculum development are also available.
Readers Advisory and Information Services – First Floor- 617-859-2339
Librarians are available to answer basic reference questions,
offer suggestions in personal reading, and assist in navigating
the Central Library and all its services.
Reference Services/Interlibrary Loan – Second Floor- 617-536-5400 x4418
Librarians provide reference services on all subjects as well as
in-depth reference in the sciences and humanities. Librarians
provide assistance for interlibrary loan services (requesting
items not owned by the library). Librarians also assist with
the microfiche catalog, which covers materials collected by
the library before 1974, as well as the many online catalogs
and electronic databases offered by the library.
TERI College Planning Center -Concourse- 617-536-0200
A non-profit organization housed within the Boston Public
Library, TERI provides free counseling and research
assistance for those interested in obtaining a college degree or
career, advanced coursework, or professional certification in a
field. Applications for financial aid, standardized tests, and
language proficiency tests are also available.
Young Adult Services -Mezzanine Level- 617-859-2334
The Young Adult Room serves the information needs of teens.
Among its highlights: fiction, science fiction, mystery and
horror fiction, nonfiction, college and career exam books and
study guides, science project books, and audio visual
materials. Filtered Internet computers are available with a
valid library card.
Book Delivery and Periodical Desk -Second Floor- 617-859-2244
Books and periodical titles (indicated in the catalog by a
location of Book Delivery) can be requested with a library or
guest card at the Book Delivery and Periodical Desk. These
materials are kept in closed stacks and are for in-library use
only. Requests are taken up to the last 25 minutes before
closing time. Magazines over five years old are in remote
storage and may take at least 24 hours to retrieve them.
Materials may be requested on-site or over the telephone.
Fine Arts -Third Floor- 617-859-2275
The Fine Arts Department services reference and noncirculating
books about art history, architecture, painting,
sculpture, drawing, design, illustration, decorative arts, and
antiques, as well as magazines, journals, and microforms in
these subject areas. The department also services some City of
Boston Building Department’s records of Boston buildings, c.
1879 to 1966. Some special collection materials focusing on
the art and architecture of New England are viewed by
Government Documents -Second Floor- 617-859-2226
The Government Documents Department houses publications
from all levels of government, including federal, state and
city, as well as select publications of foreign governments.
The department is also a depository for patents and for many
United Nations publications. Some legal materials such as
case law, statutes and regulations can also be found here.
Hub (Computer Center) -
Second Floor (Washington, Elliott, and Boylston Rooms) - 617-859-2255
The Hub offers Internet access through 60 computers which
are available for 1 hour and require a library or guest card and
16 express computers available for 15 minutes on a first come
first served basis.
Microtext -First Floor- 617-859-2018
The Microtext Department services the majority of the
library’s microfilm, microfiche, and microprint research
collections. The department also houses the historical
newspaper collections. Access to newspaper print indexes,
city directories, and genealogy and obituary resources are also
Music -Third Floor- 617-859-2285
The Music Department services reference and non-circulating
books and periodicals about musical study including
biography, history and criticism, ethnomusicology, music
education, and theory and composition, as well as the
collected editions of all the major composers, many musical
first editions, and other rare items.
Newspapers -First Floor- 617-859-2230
The Newspaper Room receives over 260 national and
international newspapers and keeps the latest three months for
viewing. Older newspapers can be viewed in the Microtext
Department across the hallway.
Prints and Photographs -Third Floor- 617-859-2280
The Print Department has built collections that today total
over 100,000 prints and drawings and 650,000 photographs,
making it one of the largest public collections of prints in the
United States. Among the outstanding holdings are works by
Rembrandt, Durer, Goya, Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec and
Boston Artists. Service by appointment is recommended.
Rare Books and Manuscripts -Third Floor- 617-859-2225
The Rare Books and Manuscripts Department houses more
than 600,000 printed items and 1 million manuscripts. Among
the important holdings are large collections on Colonial and
Revolutionary Massachusetts, The Presidential Library of
John Adams, Anti-Slavery Manuscripts, The Barton
Collection of Shakespeareana, and the Galatea Collection on
the History of Women. In addition, there are many important
examples of medieval manuscripts, incunabula, and fine
Social Sciences -Second Floor- 617-859-2261
The Social Sciences Department maintains a reference
collection covering topics as diverse as anthropology, business
and economics, coins and medals, criminology, education,
family studies, history, political science, social history,
sociology, transportation, and women’s studies. Among the
many highlights of the department are the genealogy and local
history resources. The department also serves as a Foundation
Center for those researching prospective grant opportunities.
Special Collections -Third Floor- 617-859-2225
The Boston Public Library holds special collections in a wide
variety of subjects. Special collection material is used under
staff supervision within the Rare Books Reading Room. Titles
from the Alice M. Jordan Children’s Literature Collection
should be requested at Book Delivery to be viewed in the Rare
Books Reading Room.