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Egleston Square

2044 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119

Branch Librarian: Guy Harris


10 a.m.–6 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.–2 p.m.
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The main draws of this branch are preschool and school visits and after school hang-out/homework time, and the collection reflects that use. Over half of the library’s space and materials are devoted to Children’s and Teen materials. Bright spots in the Youth Collection include school support, picture books and the folk and fairy tale section. The Teen area supports teens with extensive recreational fiction, and non-fiction books that address issues of growing up in the inner city.

The Adult section, which is in the back half of the open plan library, reflects interests and ambitions of customers. ESL, Test Prep Books, and Entrepreneurial books and computer books are very popular. For recreational materials there are large collections of Street Lit, DVDs, audio books and magazines. Spanish language materials are found in every section of the library from bilingual pre-school books to non-fiction adult materials. There are also a strong Sci-Fiction and Poetry collections.


Pre-school storytime is offered every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and themed storytimes are offered periodically. Homework Help is available Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m., for students in grades K-8, every week that school is in session. Reading Readiness, a program that promotes early literacy development, is run seasonally. Programs for older children and tweens are offered on many afternoons. For example there is a tween board game club every Friday from 3-4:30. A Summer Reading Program is based every year on the State Wide Summer Reading Theme.

Adult Programs include ongoing Book clubs, Improv Theatre groups and Poetry Groups as well as periodic Resume Writing and Job Skills workshops. In addition the Egleston branch runs many intergenerational programs. In fact, there are plans to use a recently acquired Wii to have an intergenerational “Dance Dance Revolution” Dance off.


The most special events at the Egleston Square Branch happen with the help of local partners. The Egleston branch is committed to partnering with local organizations and has run programs with 826 Boston, Teen Empowerment, Rogerson Egleston Adult Day program, The Franklin Park Coalition and others. In ’08 , 826 Boston, a local youth writing organization, brought children to read from the book they had written called Letters to Obama. During the Summer of ‘09 local teens from the City’s Mural Crew painted a mural of trees from nearby Franklin Park on the outside the building. When the mural was finished one little boy remarked “it looks like a jungle. ” The Food Project provided Egleston with community garden which is used every summer. In October of ‘09 the Urban Ecology City Roots Project donated plants, which dedicated neighbors helped to plant in the front of the library, despite the pouring rain.

    Self-portrait workshop
Asthma event

A "Kids with Asthma Can..." event held at the Egleston Square branch featured a performance of the play Buster Has Asthma.


Participants in a spring 2011 self-portrait workshop.


Opened on July 8, 1953 the building was designed by the firm of Isidor Richmond and Carney Goldberg, Architects and Engineers. The Friends of the Egleston Sq branch have plans for beautification project of the large backyard which includes landscaping, sculptures and a sitting wall.

  Egleston Sq. Branch  

Over the Summer of 2009, the Egleston branch received a new mural from the Boston Mural Crew.


An historic image of the Egleston Branch from the BPL's online collections.


Spring 2010 at the Egleston Branch.