Boston Public Library

Library System


“Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library is a pioneer of public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. The mission of the Library is focused on four core areas: reading and literacy, spaces and programs, reference and instruction, and special collections and cultural heritage.”

Creative Aging Focus:

Boston Public Library was a cohort member of the Creative Aging Libraries Project (2013), funded by MetLife Foundation; and Creative Aging in America’s Libraries (2014-2016), funded by IMLS.

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