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. Our commitment to be ‘Free to All’ is carved into the façade of the Central Library in Copley Square, and we are proud to welcome everyone equally regardless of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, faith, or economic status.
The Library’s twenty-five branches are spread across the city, and each location is a civic hub offering WiFi, citizenship information, computer access, and collections. Young people of all ages participate in storytimes, sing-alongs, technology classes, arts and crafts, homework help, and annual themed summer reading events. Adults can participate in everything from yoga to ESL and book club groups. Ongoing renovations and facility upgrades across the system are transforming and modernizing these beloved community gathering centers.