We invite you to explore the many resources and services available to you through your local public library, as well as other libraries and the statewide library program here in Massachusetts.
Use this directory to find your local public library or one of the special libraries listed below. It also includes most school and academic libraries in Massachusetts.
...that the Boston Public Library -- the largest public research library in New England -- is for all citizens of Massachusetts? As the designated "Library for the Commonwealth," the BPL provides resources and research services to meet the informational, cultural, and educational needs of residents across the state. Selected services include:
This guide from the Lamar Soutter Library at the UMass Medical School includes a wide variety of consumer health resources. Many hospital libraries also provide consumer information.
Need legal info? The fifteen MA Trial Court Law Libraries offer access to legal resources, including databases and online info, as well as access to a law librarian for assistance.
The State Library of Massachusetts provides access to legal and legislative materials, state history resources, and government documents, including the most complete collection of Massachusetts government documents available. While borrowing is restricted to state employees, members of the public may use the physical collection and databases on-site, as well as access an extensive collection of digitized materials online.
Many museums and organizations have libraries or archives with resources about their collections that patrons can use on-site. For example, the Worcester Art Museum Library collection includes art history books, auction catalogs, art periodicals, and artist files, as well as access to online databases such as ARTstor. Likewise, the Appalachian Mountain Club, headquartered in Boston, maintains a Library and Archives with an extensive collection of outdoor recreation books, maps, and images accessible by appointment.