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Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Other Ideas: Fitchburg Library; Bedford Free Public Library; Acton Memorial Library; Concord Museum Story Hours; BPDA Model Room

boston public library - central branch photoThe Central branch located in the heart of Copley Square is an architectural wonder that beckons visitors to come inside.

Learn more about BPL To Go Services.

The Central library offers Preschool Story Time, a five- or six-week series, for ages two and a half to five, led by performers and famous musicians, as well as by the children's librarians. You must register in advance as the library tries to limit size to 25 to 30 children.

The Copley branch is the Central hub of the Boston Public Library, with an interior that boasts some amazing art & architecture. This 12 minute video is a terrific primer on some of the wonders that dwell inside this impressive building, and well worth a watch.

Take flight with this brand new footage, featuring sweeping shots of Copley Square and the Boston Public Library’s 1895 McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark in the heart of the city’s Back Bay neighborhood.

The library also has other story hours, workshops and short films based on children's books. Call or check the web site for the most recent schedule.

One of the hidden secrets of our library system is the coveted Discount Museum Pass program. It's a terrific way to visit area museums for a fraction of the cost. Each location has one pass per day, per museum.

All passes must be reserved by an adult or teen with a valid Metro-Boston library card.* Children must be accompanied by an adult. You can reserve the passes online and then pick them up at your local branch.

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General Library & Research Library: Monday-Thursday 9-9
Friday and Saturday 9-5
Sunday 1-5 Oct. through May



700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA map
Phone: 617-536-5400


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