Boston Public Library

Rare Books Department

3rd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library
617-859-2225

The Rare Books Department at the Central Library in Copley Square is now open. To make an appointment to view materials from the Boston Public Library collections, please email rare_books@bpl.org.
The Rare Books and Manuscripts Department serves as the Boston Public Library's principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and historical artifacts of permanent or enduring value collected for their intellectual content and historical significance. The primary mission of the department and its staff is to preserve and create access to these collections through collection development, cataloging, reference services, interpretive programs and exhibitions, and conservation, in order to make them accessible to the scholarly community and the general public.


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