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Rare Books and Manuscripts Department


The Rare Books and Manuscripts Department is located at the Central Library in Copley Square, at 700 Boylston Street in Boston.

Inside the library, we are on the 4th floor of the Boylston Building. The fastest way to get to us is to come through the Boylston Street Entrance and take the Glass Elevator to floor 3U.

Map and Directions

By Public Transit

The library is conveniently located near many public transit stations, including the Copley station of the Green Line, the Back Bay station of the Orange Line and Commuter Rail, and bus lines 9, 10, 55, 39, 504, 57, 553, and 501. Use the MBTA Trip Planner for more information on traveling by transit.

By Bicycle

Bicycle racks are available near the library at the corner of Blagden Street and Dartmouth Street, and along the west side of the Johnson Building on Exeter Street. A Bluebikes station is located on the corner of Dartmouth Street and Boylston Street.

By Automobile

Limited street parking is available in the Back Bay neighborhood. Nearby hotels and shopping centers in Copley Square also offer paid garage parking.

By Foot

The library is located just two blocks from the southwestern corner of the Public Garden. It is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from the starting point of the Freedom Trail in Boston Common.

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