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We're open and ready to welcome you!

The red doors are open to members, Day Pass users, and visitors. No reservations needed. Come in any time.

NEW: Per the City of Boston, proof of vaccination is required to enter many indoor spaces including the Athenæum. The vaccine requirement goes into effect at the BA on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

In addition, per city guidelines, all people over age two must wear a mask or face covering inside the building. 





  • To protect all who come through our doors, everyone must follow current state and city guidelines at all times.
  • People ages 12+ must show proof of vaccination upon entry beginning January 13. See the City of Boston's list of acceptable documentation.
  • Per the City of Boston's public health order, all people over age two must wear a mask or face covering inside the building.
  • The guidance allows for speakers and performers to unmask while six feet away from audiences. Our in-person events will continue as scheduled.
  • Monitor your health and stay home if you feel unwell. If you’ve been in contact with anyone who’s tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19, please visit another time.
  • In-person event attendees are asked to confirm that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 
  • Most of our events are designed as mixed-presence, with in-person and virtual options. If you’re unvaccinated, we strongly urge you to join us virtually. 
  • A changing environment demands flexibility. We thank everyone in the broader BA community for your understanding if events and access need to change at any point. We send our most timely public updates via email; everyone is welcome to join our email list.





Library staffers are providing regular services for readers, including book borrowing and returns, reference assistance, and help with electronic resources. Call (617) 227-0270 x302, email, or come in and see us.

Most of our discussion groups are meeting virtually, in-person, or a hybrid of the two.