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Reading Room Account for Special Collections and the Leventhal Map & Education Center

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The Boston Public Library welcomes everyone to Special Collections and to the Leventhal Map and Education Center.

In order to use material in the Arts, Archives, Rare Books & Manuscripts or Map Center, you must have a reading room account that is separate from your BPL library account. With this account, you can:

  • Schedule appointments to use the reading room
  • Request material to see in the reading room
  • Track what you've already seen and what items you might want to see in the future
  • Ask for scans of materials

For help identifying what you'd like to see, review policies and procedures about visits, or ask questions check the Special Collections website and the Leventhal Map & Education Center website