Receptions & Private Events

Central Library

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Virtual Tour of BPL Event Spaces

Take a virtual tour of our event spaces.

Explore the BPL

Explore the Central Library event spaces with an interactive map.

Online Brochure

Browse our online brochure for catered events at the Boston Public Library.

Reception & Event Booking

The Boston Public Library offers one of the most unique and historic event venues in the city. Ornately designed spaces in a variety of sizes offer groups the ideal setting for their holiday parties, corporate conferences, weddings, and more.

For more details, please see the links below:

Please note, non-profit pricing is offered to designated organizations.

The Events Staff looks forward to helping you plan your special event. Contact us for more information, date availability, or to arrange a site visit. Please note, dates are not confirmed until a signed contract and deposit have been received.

Contact Us

Please contact the Boston Public Library's Programming and Events Office with any questions at 617.859.2212 or

The Catered Affair Please contact The Catered Affair for your catering needs at: 617.859.2282.

Our Event Spaces

Click the thumbnail photos for larger and alternate views.

Photos courtesy of Brian Phillips Photography, Modern Artistry / Dave Donato, No Eye Has Seen Photography, Person + Killian Photography, Sheryl Lanzel Photography

Abbey Room

Abbey Room

Bates Hall

Bates Hall

Chavannes Gallery

Chavannes Gallery



Guastavino Room

Guastavino Room

Courtyard Restaurant and Map Room Cafe

Restaurant and Café

Other Images of bathrooms, lobbies, etc.

Other Images

Johnson Building

Johnson Building



Johnson Building Wedding, 2017 (PDF)

Best Venues 2017

The Best Venues in America, 2017 (PDF)

Best Venues 2016

The Best Venues in America, 2016 (PDF)

Best Venues Feb/Mar 2015

The Best Venues in America, 2015 (PDF)

The Knot Boston cover

"Lu & Greg," The Knot Boston, 2015 (PDF)

The Knot Boston cover

"Lorraine & Daniel," The Knot Boston, 2014 (PDF)

View past media features for additional images.


Pam & Josh