Boston Public Library
Teen Room

Central Library

Mezzanine Level, Johnson Building, Central Library



The Teen Room in the Central Library in Copley Square is just about the best room in the library. Why? With its location on the Mezzanine floor (between floors one and two) of the Johnson Building, it has the best view of the Boston Marathon Finish Line and gets sunlight from sunup to sundown with its wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. Plus, its multicolored furniture and carpeting make it a fun hangout spot.

Age Limits

This room is dedicated for teen use only. Anyone over the age of 18, not with a teen, may be asked to leave, and anyone under the age of twelve may be sent to the Children's Room on the first floor.

This policy applies to the seating only. If you are just browsing the collection, or looking for a specific book, you are more than welcome to come in – just know you cannot sit and stay for any length of time unless you are a teenager.


There is seating for about 30 teens,which includes six comfy floor rockers and a hidden alcove for quiet study time, alone, or with a group of friends. Most of the tables in the main area of the room can be moved into any configuration imaginable due to their unique shapes.




Throughout the year, the teen room hosts movie nights, videogaming, SAT workshops, creative writing workshops, knitting groups, a Garden Club in the summer, manga drawing workshops, and crafts of all kinds.

Join the Teen Council and help plan activities every month.

Check our calendar for what's happening.

Read the BPL Teen Blog to get the latest updates.

Visit the Teen page for a quick view of everything Teen.


Books, CDs, DVDs and More

  • The teen room has a large & diverse collection of books, including:
    • general fiction
    • mystery
    • science fiction/fantasy
    • steet/ urban Lit – listed as Ethnic in the catalog
    • series books such as Gossip Girl and Star Wars
    • nonfiction
    • reference books
    • summer reading (housed just outside the room)
    • test preparation books and study guides
    • manga and graphic novels/comic books (housed just outside the room)
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) – listed as Special Collections in the catalog
    • Spanish-language fiction and nonfiction
  • Books on CD
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs including feature films, TV shows, and anime
  • Magazines




The room has ten computers with internet access and programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel. There is also a download computer available for putting music or videos on portable devices. Teens will need a valid library card to use these computers.

Please note: these computers have filtering software installed on them to limit customers' exposure to some websites that could be offensive to some users. Filtering software may not block all material users might find offensive. The Boston Public Library has no control over information accessed through the Internet and cannot be responsible for its content. Parents may wish to supervise their teen's Internet sessions.

No files may be saved to any of these computers. The moment a customer logs off, the computer is wiped clean of any new files that might have been saved to it. We recommend either emailing files to yourself or saving them on a USB drive.

You can print in both color and black and white from our computers using a green pay-for-print card. These may be purchased for a dollar on either the first or second floors of the library. Initially, the card has 45 cents on it. Printing in black and white (as well as photocopying) costs 15 cents per page. Printing in color costs 75 cents per page. The cards are reloadable and thus, reusable.

There is one catalog computer in the room for use in looking up titles we may or may not have on shelf and putting them on hold if need be. This computer does not require a library card to log on, but one will be necessary for putting books on hold.


Class Visits


Class visits should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

We can take no more than 30 students per visit and can only give a tour of the teen room itself. However, we are more than happy to tailor visits with book talks and orientations to databases beneficial to students' needs.

For more information about class visits, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Teen Room directly at 617-859-2334.