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 for browsing, computer kiosks, 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, and free wireless internet access and is open until 9pm Monday–Thursday and until 5pm Sunday and Friday. The Midtown Hotel also offers free wireless internet access in its guest rooms and public spaces.


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.