Facilities

The Leventhal Map Center is located within the central branch of the Boston Public Library. The Map Center has a Learning Center, a welcoming space with meeting tables, a collection of books on maps and geography, and free wireless internet, which is open until 7pm Monday–Friday and until 5pm on Sunday and Friday. The main library building features a computer lab, multiple reading rooms, free wireless internet access and a coffee shop. The BPL is open until 9pm Monday–Thursday and until 5pm Sunday and Friday.


Boston Public Library Cards: Massachusetts Residents

Any resident of Massachusetts can get a full service Boston Public Library card with photo identification that shows your name and address, and has your signature. The easiest form of ID is a Massachusetts Drivers License or State ID card showing your current address. Another alternative is to bring a letter that came to you in the mail, in conjunction with a form of photo ID that bears your signature such as a health card, student ID, or credit card. You may also bring a signed copy of your lease in conjunction with a second form of ID.

Patrons may show proof of address on an electronic device in addition to their photo ID. Some examples of electronic documentation include: gas bills, credit card bills or bank statements.

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Boston Public Library Cards: Non-Massachusetts Residents

Any resident from outside of Massachusetts can apply for a research card for the purpose of using Research Library materials (in-library use only). This can be obtained with photo identification that shows your name and address, and has your signature. The easiest form of ID is a driver's license or State ID card showing your current address.