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Thomas Pennant Barton Collection (Rare Books & Manuscripts)

Plan a Visit

An image of the Special Collections reading room at the Boston Public Library.

The Boston Public Library's Special Collections are free and open to all. If you'd like to visit Special Collections to see items from the Thomas Pennant Barton Collection, we invite you to schedule an appointment in our reading room so staff have time to prepare materials in advance of your visit.

You can find information about scheduling an appointment in our reading room on our website.

If you have any questions about the collections or how to make an appointment, please feel free to reach out to Special Collections; one of our staff members would be delighted to provide additional assistance.


Contact & Reading Room Hours

Contact us!

Rare Books and Manuscript Department
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

Reading Room Hours:


  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9:30-4:30
  • Thursday: 9:30-4:30
  • Friday: 9:30-4:30
  • Saturday- Sunday: Closed