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Writing Fiction: An Introductory Guide: Reader Services at the Central Library

A guide to the craft and business of writing fiction.
Reader Services at the Central Library


The BPL’s Reader Services Team are specially trained to engage readers about reading across genres and are knowledgeable about new books, trends in publishing, and helping readers find what they should read next. Librarians are available to assist patrons with searching the library’s print and online collections. For any items the library does not own, librarians can assist patrons with requesting material from other libraries.

Additional services provided by the Reader Services Department:

Reading recommendations -  Talk to a reader services librarian in person or request a personalized reading list through our Shelf-Service form.

Genre and reference guides - From extensive genre lists and information to Writing Fiction resources, the Reader Services guides have it all!

Now Read This! Newsletters - Sign up to receive reading recommendations for your favorite genres right in your inbox every other month!

Book Discussion Groups at the Central Library - We run four different book groups from LGBTQ+ and young adult focused, to two general groups. There's something for everyone!

eBook & eAudiobook Help -  If you're having trouble accessing our eBooks, eAudiobooks, or other online material, we're here to help!

Computer classes  - Class topics include how to search the library's catalog and using museum passes among others and are held in the Central Library's Training Lab.

Availability & Contact:

Reader Services librarians are available at New & Novel on the first floor of the Boylston Street Building at the Central Library.

You can also contact the department by email at or by mail at:

The Boston Public Library
Central Library at Copley Square
Reader Services Department
700 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116

Reader Services Specialist

This Writing Fiction guide was put together by Jordan from the Reader Services Department. To see other research & information guides, booklists, blog posts, and learning circles created by Jordan, check out Jordan's profile page.