The library will be closed Monday, May 27th, for Memorial Day

Memorial Hall Library

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Boston Public Library Copley Square, Johnson Building, Boylston Street entrance reflecting the extensive 2016 renovations

The Boston Public Library (BPL) serves as the Library for the Commonwealth and provides those who live or work in Massachusetts with a Boston Public Library card for borrowing privileges.

Massachusetts residents have access to online library collections and services with a BPL e-card. A BPL e-card provides access to a broad selection of downloadable books, audiobooks, research databases, streaming music and video as well as digital newspapers and magazines. 


A traditional BPL card, for borrowing books on-site at BPL branch, is available to anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts. Apply for a traditional BPL card at any Boston Public Library location.  Applicants must provide a photo ID and proof of Massachusetts residency. For more information about applying for a BPL card, see the following