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Boston Public Library

Adams Street Branch

690 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
Branch Librarian: Kate Brown
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Friends of the Adams Street Branch Library



The Adams Street Branch supports the broad interests of a passionate reading neighborhood with outstanding mystery, history and summer reading collections. The branch has been complemented on its eclectic and varied audio-visual collection and extensive list of films.


The Adams Street Branch provides a welcoming space in our large multi-purpose room for local business associations, many neighborhood organizations, and community groups to meet. Library sponsored programs ranging from early literacy for babies and toddlers to lectures, concerts, and films for all ages are very popular.  There are always special programs for children during school vacation weeks, as well as an active schedule of summer reading events. Most recently the branch has offered an ongoing water color painting class for adults and has participated in a family book group in cooperation with the Leahy-Halloran Community Center.

During the spring, summer and fall months, a reading garden provides a beautiful setting for special children’s events, musical performances for adults and kids, and piñatas on occasion. This summer we plan to launch our Lemonade Reading Hours in the garden to encourage all ages to relax and enjoy a good book in a beautiful oasis with a cool drink.


Service to the Adams Street neighborhood was first provided in 1875 through a delivery station on Walnut Street. A reading room was opened at 362 Neponset Avenue in 1947. The present branch library building was opened in 1951, and represented the first new neighborhood facility built in 20 years. In 2004, through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Adams Street Library, a portion of the library’s yard was transformed into a Reading Garden, featuring decorative brickwork, colorful landscaping and wrought iron benches, a peaceful oasis in the midst of a busy urban neighborhood.