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Resources at the Boston Public Library


A look inside Bates Hall | Photo via @hannainboston

The Boston Public Library has accomplished a lot of firsts. It was the first large-scale free municipal library in the US, in addition to being the first to lend out books to the community + create a children’s room.

The library holds more than 23 million items. It is one of the three largest collections in the US with manuscripts, letters, and other original works dating back to the 10th century.

There’s something for everyone at the library. Younger Bostonians can participate in storytimes, arts and crafts, and summer reading events. Adults can find community connections at events ranging from yoga to book club groups.

Today, our city’s library has an iconic central location and 25 neighborhood branches, which serve approximately 4 million visitors each year. Each location offers WiFi, computer access, and a variety of collections.

At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. Consider getting your library card your golden ticket to accessing tons of resources. Here’s a glimpse at what the library offers aside from books, CDs, and movies.

  • Computer and Technology Classes — There are community classes offered at various locations + virtual resources to help learn the basics.
  • Genealogy — Find out more about your own history with resources for researching your ancestors and family history.
  • Homework Assistance Program — This free after-school service is led by Harvard University mentors and open to students in grades K–8.
  • Job and Career Success — If you are in the market for a new job, find resources to help review your resume and prepare for the interview.
  • Museum passes — A limited number of museum passes are available through the reservation system.
  • Spice Bank Collective — This program is accepting donations of unopened spices and dried herbs in collaboration with the Greater Boston Food Bank

There is also a high school diploma program, citizenship resources + thousands of historical resources and information in the libraries archives and the Digital Commonwealth database.

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