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Reference Department

Reference librarians and the main reference collection are located on the second floor of the Athenæum. We are happy to assist members whether researching an extensive scholarly project, learning how to use Athena, (the Athenæum's online catalog), curious about an obscure fact, or looking for a cozy mystery to read over the weekend.

Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk at the Boston Athenæum is located on the first floor, just beyond the Security Desk. Here members may check out and return books, reserve books, sign up for Art & Architecture Tours or meet for New Member Tours, and ask for help finding books. Gift shop items may also be purchased at the Circulation Desk.

Computer and Equipment Resources for Members

  • WiFiWiFi access is available throughout the building. Ask a staff member or consult the signs throughout the Library for the WiFi password.
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  • Computers
    • Computers for checking Athena, the Boston Athenæum Catalog, are located on every floor with the exception of 5.
    • Computers running Windows and offering a variety of services such as Internet access, Microsoft Office, and printing capabilities are available on the 2nd floor. All files saved to these computers are erased when they are rebooted. The charge for printing is 10 cents per page or 15 cents per double-sided page.
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  • Scanning and Copying
    • All scanners and copiers are located on the 2nd floor
    • Books and other materials may be copied using a photocopier with a book handler at cost of 25 cents per page or 40 cents per double-sided page. Please ask a reference librarian for help with fragile books.
    • Flat materials may be scanned to a USB drive with a multi-function scanner.
    • Microfilm can be read using a microfilm reader that saves to USB drive or can print to a printer.  See a reference librarian or online microfilm reader instructions for help.
    • A wide variety of materials can be scanned to a smartphone with ScanDock, a device that uses a free downloadable app (Android, iOS) to scan materials. See a reference librarian or online Scandock instructions for help.
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  • eReaders and Tablets
    • Kindles, pre-loaded with books, are available at the Circulation Desk, and may be checked out for 14 days at a time.
    • Two iPads are available at the Circulation Desk where they may be checked out and used in the library for two hours at a time.

LOCATE BOOKS & PERIODICALS

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BROWSE THE ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

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REQUEST OR RENEW A BOOK

Renew a book or Request a book for pick-up or via our mailing service.

ILL REQUEST

ILL Request
Want a book from another library? Make an interlibrary loan request.

READING ROOMS

Want a place to study or read? See a reading room.

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