We are in the process of conserving, cataloging, and digitizing all of our historical material. Once cataloged, all bibliographic records can be accessed through the Boston Public Library’s online catalog. In addition, many of our historical maps (non-copyrighted) are being scanned and can be accessed online through our Digital Collections site. New maps are added to digital collection regularly.
Reproductions and Permissions
Reproductions can be purchased for most of our digitized maps. On the map page, scroll down to the information area and click the “Buy a reproduction” link. Please note that the maximum size of the shorter side of the paper is 24″.
Maps are available for download directly from our website. On the map page, scroll down below the map to the “Downloads” box. Maps that are under copyright or from other institutions are not available for download.
It is possible to download images from our website for research projects, powerpoint presentations, and academic research. Unless otherwise noted, all images are in the public domain and have no restrictions on use. We request that you acknowledge the source with the tag line: “Map reproduction courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library.”
Visiting - The Map Center Gallery is currently closed until further notice
Exhibition gallery and Learning Center hours:
Friday & Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Please visit our researching at the Leventhal Map & Education Center page for reference inquiries or to make an appointment.
Our exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public.
Yes. We have captions and stations for children and activities such as including puzzles and scavenger hunts.
Yes, but flash photography is not allowed.
With the exception of Boston Public Schools groups, the Leventhal Map & Education Center charges a $100 fee per program to support educational programming and conservation work. We also bring selected programs to local classrooms for a programming fee; see our outreach programs for more information. We provide all of our programming free of charge to Boston Public Schools.
Visit our educator’s page for more information about booking a trip to the Learning Center, or for outreach coordination.
There is an elevator located on the level floor of the gallery. We also offer large print captions of our current exhibition available at the front desk.
Map donations are accepted on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in donating maps, please email email@example.com with a list and pictures of what you would like to donate.