COVID Updates

Information about Map Center programs, activities, and services while public services are disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information about our phased reopening

Beginning on June 1, the Boston Public Library launches its phased reopening with limited walk-up services and special services by appointment. Read more about the BPL’s reopening plans here.

Our major exhibition Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception is currently being prepared for a September opening. Until that time, our gallery and learning center remain closed for in-person access. We will announce the opening date for Bending Lines by the end of June.

Meanwhile, you can visit the Bending Lines digital exhibition, which was designed for an immersive online experience, where you can discover high-resolution maps, interpretive content, and interactive material.

Limited research appointments begin June 14

Beginning the week of June 14, we will make it possible for researchers to visit the Rare Maps Reading Room by special appointment. Appointments will be limited in time and duration. We also ask that researchers who can effectively use a digitized item, or who can put off their research visit until September, to strongly consider doing so.

For more information, see the Research Appointments page.

Digital and remote services available

The Map Center has made extensive efforts to continue research, educational, and exhibition activities in a remote setting. Throughout our website, you’ll find information on how to access digitized material, explore research collections, and teach with maps at the K-12 and university levels. In particular, you may want to see the pages on:

This information was last updated June 2, 2021.