Hours & Directions

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

COVID-19 closure
In-person access to the Map Center is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our COVID updates page for more information.


Currently closed. Please visit our Digital Exhibitions for a virtual experience of our gallery. Our new exhibition, Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception, has been designed for an immersive online-first experience.

Research Hours

Currently closed for in-person service. Remote research appointments are still available by request; please see our Research Appointments page for more information.


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 north 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.

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 corenr of Dartmouth Street and Boylston Street.

By automobile

Limited street parking is available in the Back Bay neighborhood.