Hours & Directions

Information on access hours for visits and research, and how to find us


Masks required
Face masks must be worn at all times by all staff and visitors in the Central Library.
Day Hours
Monday 11 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 1 pm – 7 pm
Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday Closed
Special Hours
Day Holiday Hours
November 25, 2021 Thanksgiving Closed
December 24, 2021 Christmas Eve Closed
December 25, 2021 Christmas Day Closed
December 31, 2021 New Year's Eve Closed
January 1, 2022 New Year's Day Closed
January 17, 2022 Martin Luther King Day Closed

Research Hours

Available by advance appointment on weekdays. In-person access to the Rare Maps Reading Room is available by advance appointment on limited hours. Please see our Research Appointments page for more information.

BPL Hours

For the general opening hours of the Central Library in Copley Square, see the BPL website.


We are located at the Central Library in Copley Square, at 700 Boylston Street in Boston. Inside the library, we are located on the ground floor of the McKim Building, on the west side of the Courtyard and near the Glass Elevator of the Johnson Building. Look for arrows to the Leventhal Map Center in the library’s wayfinding signs. Note that the McKim Building also features the Map Room Café, which is a restaurant and bar that is not associated with the Map Center.

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.