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Children's Library


About the Children's Library

The Children’s Library serves the children of Boston Athenæum members from their earliest days through adolescence. Located on the first floor of the building, the Children’s Library fills two adjoining spaces. You can reserve time to browse on Saturdays. Call Membership (617)720-7604 to reserve your time and receive a questionnaire to help us prepare for your visit. Everyone is asked to follow our COVID-19 rules, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Sadly, no singing is allowed for now, but you can get your fill by tuning in to our Facebook Story Times.

Remember, members may request books that can be mailed or picked up in the lobby at their convenience when we are open.

The Chris Library Preschool Room is home to a curated selection of board books and picture books, and also features an aquarium and cozy windowseats.

The C. A. Coolidge Young Readers Room contains children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, and magazines, and provides reading and study space. 

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Children's Programs

The Children's Library offers regular story times, now online, three times a week. Once COVID-19 protocols allow, we will expand to offer other programs for children, such as Spanish Story Time; Sensory Story Time; Lego​®​, Chess, & Puzzle Club.

For more information, check out Upcoming Events.

Events & Activities for Teens

Writing workshops, DIY sessions, special collections visits, and volunteer opportunities support teens seeking creativity and connection.

Discover more at Upcoming Events.

Book Groups 

Book groups for a wide range of ages meet monthly: Independent Readers (ages 6-8), Young Readers (ages 9-13), and Teen Readers (ages 14-18).

Find out what books we're discussing next at Upcoming Events.


Explore the Children's Library's collection with Themed Booklists, featuring fun titles, old and new, on topics to satisfy all interests.

Story Time

Learn all about our Story Time presentations and how you can watch them online.