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Partnership opportunities open at Central Library, Boston Public Library branches

January 16, 2018

Boston Public Library

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Program proposals should be in support of the Boston Public Library’s activities, collections, and strategic plan.

Boston Public Library seeks community organizations, institutions, and individuals to partner with on adult and youth programming for the Central Library in Copley Square and the twenty-five neighborhood locations during Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Program proposals should be in support of the Library’s activities, collections, and strategic plan with a focus on one or more of the following themes: social justice, racial equity, arts & culture, education, immigration, and civic engagement. The BPL hosts more than 12,500 free programs per year for all ages.

“Providing free engaging and enriching programming for patrons and visitors is a core Boston Public Library service, and we look forward to reviewing thoughtful proposals from organizations and individuals as we further develop our dynamic, diverse offerings,” said Michael Colford, Boston Public Library Director of Library Services.

The program partner application can be found via, and proposals are due January 29, 2018. Organizations should expect to be notified of a decision by mid-February 2018. Existing 2017-2018 partners include the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, GrubStreet, and Writers without Margins. View for specific program offerings.


Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-five branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit

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