Research at the Map & Education Center
Our collections are open to anyone with a Boston Public Library card. Library cards are available to any resident of Massachusetts. More information about getting a BPL library card can be found on the BPL’s website.
Non-Massachusetts residents can apply for a research card for the purpose of using Research Library materials (in-library use only). This can be obtained with photo identification that shows your name and address, and has your signature. The easiest form of ID is a driver’s license or State ID card showing your current address.
The reading room is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please fill out our research request form below for information on remote research.