In the Library

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For Help Finding What You Want in the Library:

  • Ask a librarian at any library location OR
  • Call 617-376-1316
Get Help in Your Language

We have employees who speak the following languages. Please call or stop by to make arrangements to speak with someone who can help you.

  • Albanian
  • Bengali
  • Bulgarian
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Taishanese
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese
With your free library card, you may borrow:
  • Books in English, Chinese and Vietnamese for all ages
  • Picture books for young children
  • Materials to help you learn English
  • Materials to help you become a U.S. citizen
  • English language audiobooks in physical form and streaming online
  • Music on CD or streaming online
  • Movies on DVD or streaming online
  • Magazines in print or online
  • Museum passes for free or discounted admission to local museums and zoos
When you visit the library, you may:
  • Use library computers and the Internet or bring your own device and use our free Wifi
  • Read the latest English and Chinese language magazines and newspapers
  • Bring a child to a free storytime
  • Attend concerts, see a new art exhibit every month, and watch new movies for free at the Main Library - check our Calendar of Events for details
  • Find a quiet place to study or do homework
  • Join a group to practice your English conversation skills (call 617-376-3295 for more information)
  • Ask librarians to help find answers to questions about almost anything

Free Orientation Tours

Take a free guided walk through the Main Library with a librarian. Find out what is where in the building and discover all the things there are to read, see, listen to, and more! Call 617-376-1316 or send an online request to set up an appointment.

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