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Boston Public Library

Charlestown Branch

179 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
Branch Librarian: Maureen Marx
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Visitors to the Charlestown Branch will discover appealing popular fiction, mystery, and true crime sections and a wide assortment of magazines. We also offer an excellent selection of personal finance, health, cooking, and craft books.  History researchers will find a strong collection, especially on the history of Charlestown and Boston.

Children and families will enjoy our high-quality children's collection. Explore our large group of board books for babies, our selection of preschool picture books, and our assortment of picture books for school-age children. Our most popular sections, easy readers and chapter book series, will inspire children's desire to read. Our assortments of graphic novels, early chapter books, and bilingual books are exciting areas of ongoing development.

Teens will find a wide selection of fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels.


The Charlestown Branch offers a lively variety of programming for children from birth through elementary school.  Our youth services librarian presents regular story times for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with their families, caregivers, or child care groups.

For adults, the Book Discussion Group meets on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. One-to-one computer instruction is available by appointment.


The Charlestown Branch presents events throughout the year for preschool and elementary school children.  Activities have included animal encounters, yoga, visual arts, and music.

Summer reading programs are offered for children and teens.

Special programs for adults occur throughout the year. The Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library host lecture programs in the spring and fall.

Baby Wiggle program at Charlestown Branch     Baby Wiggle program at Charlestown Branch


On January 7, 1862 the Charlestown Public Library was opened in the Warren Institution for Savings building. In planning for a year and a half the library opened with a catalog of 6,000 volumes. In 1869 the library moved to more spacious quarters in the new City Hall in City Square where it remained until 1913. The branch was then moved to the corner of Monument Square and Monument Avenue under the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument. In 1970 the Branch was moved to its current location.