During this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Athenæum has shifted many activities online free of charge, serving our members, the Boston community, and beyond. Our building is closed in accordance with the governor's order. Please explore this page to see all that we are doing virtually.
An Update from the Director
In-person member and visitor activities planned during this time, including lecture and concert programs, class visits, meetings, and discussion groups, are being rescheduled or canceled. We will honor refunds for those who have purchased event tickets.
Please check events listings and our social media feeds regularly for a growing number of online book talks, lectures, and other events you can join from home. We are sending our most timely updates via email; all are welcome to join our email list here.
To register and learn more about upcoming events, see the links below.
|Cameo Conversation: A Inside Look at Fiction and Journalism||Thursday, June 4||6:00 pm|
|Member’s Choice: Practical Purposes||Tuesday, June 9||6:30 pm|
|Cameo Conversations: The Writing Life||Thursday, June 11||6:00 pm|
|Code Name Madeleine: A Sulfi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris||Tuesday, June 16||12:00 pm|
|Curator's Choice: (Anti)SUFFRAGE||Tuesday, June 30||12:00 pm|
Library staff are responding to emails and voicemails to provide online services, including help with electronic resources. They are available during regular open hours. Call (617) 227-0270 x302 or email email@example.com.
Discussion groups are deciding individually whether to hold virtual meetings during the closure. The BA is providing online videoconference access to encourage groups to continue meeting. A new, online-only, weekly group, Short & Sweet, discusses a short story each week, finding ones freely available online. Call or email the library to join.
All in-person services, including book borrowing and returns, are suspended, with overdue fines waived.
Staff and Facilities
All hourly and salaried employees will continue to be compensated during the closure, with much of their work continuing remotely. The building’s security and climate maintenance systems and procedures will remain in effect at all times. Crews have completed a thorough cleaning under the direction of facilities and security staff.
We care foremost about the people of the Athenæum and Boston communities. We will remain vigilant and respond prudently to this unprecedented situation, and look forward to offering a warm welcome again after we reopen.
Information about the COVID-19 coronavirus