Calling All Curious

A member supported library, museum, and cultural center that everyone is invited to join.

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Dine at Folio Bistro

Come on in or make a reservation through Resy to dine at Folio. Learn More

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Upcoming exhibition: Claire Van Vliet & Janus Press

Starts September 9. See Van Vliet’s captivating quilt books and other woven and interlocking book structures, her vibrant pulp paintings, made by “painting” with variously pigmented paper pulps, and her striking prints. See all exhibitions

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Join a Discussion Group

Connect with other members through discussion groups that foster conversations about literature, history, culture, art, and many other topics. Learn More

  • Upcoming Programs

    What’s On
  • 07/27/2024 1:00 pm

    Stuffie Olympics

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  • 08/05/2024 6:00 pm

    Extractive Landscapes: a Special Collections Lecture with Astrid Tvetenstrand

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  • 08/22/2024 6:00 pm

    Performance: First Light at Ten Pound Island

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For a day or a lifetime, explore Boston’s premier space for the curious.

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At a Glance
1807
year founded
One of the country’s oldest and most distinguished member supported libraries.
500,000
circulating books
From first editions to the latest bestsellers.
12
levels
Book stacks, art, reading rooms, terraces, and more.