Music Department

Third Floor, McKim Building, Central Library
Contact via 617-536-5400

Please visit our hours page for current Music Department hours.


"Tessie." Words & Music by Will R. Anderson. New York: M. Witmark & Sons, 1902.

Tessie was the song that Red Sox Fans sang during the 1903 world series.

BPL’s Arts Department at the Central Library in Copley Square is now open in its new location in the Washington Room on the second floor of the McKim building.

You can now request materials in our Fine Arts and Music research collections online from home and you will be notified through the catalog when they are ready to be picked up! Search for books using our online catalog, and place a request using your library card. Make sure to designate the pick-up location as Delivery Desk! As soon as the book has been retrieved and brought to the desk you will receive an alert. This could be anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours. Occasionally, if a book needs a barcode or additional work it could take up to 72 hours to be made available. You can also e-mail the Arts department and ask them to request the books for you. All of this can be done ahead of time before you arrive at the library. Please note, these same procedures are in place if you come directly into the library. We are not able to pull material in the Arts stacks on demand any longer.

Other Arts materials, specifically archival collections, books published before 1800, and some rare or fragile music items are not available for viewing at this time. Requestable material can be pulled in advance of your visit to the library - please contact an Arts staff member for further assistance. You will need a BPL card in order to request items from the collection. More information on how to get a card can be found here:

About the Music Department

Frequently Asked Questions

Music Internet Links

Special Collections in the Music Department

Electronic Resources in the Music Department