Boston Public Library

Connolly Branch

433 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Branch Librarian: Jane Bickford
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Exterior of branch

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This beautiful Jacobean style branch in the Hyde Square section of Jamaica Plain offers popular books and other materials in Spanish for both adults and children.


Weekly programs include a film program for young children and an English language conversation group. Our monthly programs include an adult book discussion group and Family Pajama Storytime. In the summer months, there is a Summer Reading program for children as well as family nights. A wide variety of other programs are held for all ages during the year.

Adults Room

Adults' Room

Friends' Book Sale 2011

Friends of the Connolly Branch Book Sale 2011

Halloween 2011

Halloween at the Library 2011

Children's Room w/Laura Foner

Children's Room with librarian Laura Foner

Adult Spanish section

Adult Spanish language section

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Library service to the Hyde Square area of Jamaica Plain began in 1897 with a small book deposit in the rear of a neighborhood pharmacy at the corner of Lamartine and Paul Gore Streets. Eventually, in 1905 the Boylston Branch, named for the Boylston Railroad Station, opened its doors. Responding to the need for larger space, a beautiful white limestone building was built and opened in 1932. Designed by Maginnis and Walsh in the Jacobean style, the large arched entrance leads to a large interior space with wood and glass partitions dividing the adult and children's area. The ceilings, decorated with plaster moldings, are reputedly inspired by the Rufford Abbey Library in England. On December 12, 1940 , the name of the branch was officially changed to the Monsignor Arthur T. Connolly Branch, as a tribute to Monsignor Connolly, a long-time member of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees and pastor of the neighboring Blessed Sacrament Church.