Visit the Gallery

Information for visiting our gallery in person in Copley Square

Our exhibitions gallery is free to the public, and no advance booking is necessary to view exhibitions. Plan to set aside between 30 minutes and 1½ hours for a full experience in the Gallery, though you are always welcome to spend more or less time, and to come back for multiple visits. The Gallery features captions and activities for children and families as well as adults.

Visiting Hours

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


See Hours & Directions for a map to the Map Center and information about transportation and parking.

Our free gallery tours last approximately 30 minutes and do not require advance registration. To join a gallery tour, meet at the gallery front desk at the scheduled time.

Day Gallery tour hours
Monday 11:30 am
Friday 11:30 am
Saturday 11:30 am

Special Exhibition Events

Group and Education Visits

We welcome groups of visitors both from the general public and from educational institutions. For more information about K-12 visits, see our K-12 School Visits page. For university-level visits, see the University Programs page.

Accessibility and Translation

Our physical spaces are ADA accessible via a lift from the main level of the BPL’s McKim Building. Most, though not all, spaces in the Central Library in Copley Square are accessible. For more information, see the BPL’s Resources and Services for Users with Disabilities.

Occassional tours are offered in languages other than English.