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Boston Public Library

West End Branch

151 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114
617-523-3957
Branch Librarian: Helen Bender
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10 a.m. - 6 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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DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION

The collection provides a wide diversity of reading material, including biography, history, travel books, finance, art, interior decoration, health, cooking, literature and advice for writers. The children's collection emphasizes picture books.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED

Preschool Storytime - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5.

Toddler Storytime - Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children 1½ to 3 years old. Storytimes include stories, songs, games, and simple crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group meets Tuesdays at 1 pm (September – May).

A monthly book discussion group, co-sponsored with MGH Senior HealthWise, is offered on the 3rd Thursday of the Month at 3:00 p.m.

Hypertension Screenings are done by the MGH Senior HealthWise nurses on the 4th Monday of the Month at 1:30 p.m.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED

Art Exhibits are displayed in our Community Room. They may be viewed during regular branch hours.

Special Children Programs, Musical Performances, Film Series, and Lectures occur throughout the year. Please check our Events Page for a list of current events.

LITERACY SERVICES

English as a Second Language Conversation Group meets Tuesdays at 1 pm (September – May)

HISTORY

Library service in the West End was initiated in 1894 with the conversion of the Old West Church on the corner of Cambridge and Lynde Streets to library use. The West End Branch opened in February 1896. The West End Redevelopment Project necessitated closing the Branch in 1960. As part of the project a new building designed by Maginnis, Walsh and Kennedy opened in January 1968.