The State Library is open from 9:00 - 5:00, Monday - Friday and is closed on all Massachusetts Legal Holidays.


The State Library is located in the Massachusetts State House. Reference services are located on the third floor in room 341, newspapers and periodicals are on the fourth floor in room 442, and special collections are in the basement, room 55.

Public Transportation

Take the MBTA Red or Green Lines to the Park Street Station. Walk through the Boston Common, following the Freedom Trail (marked by a red line on the sidewalk) until you come to Beacon Street. The State House will be directly in front of you.

If you need further information, you can consult the MBTA Home page for transit maps, fares and schedules.

Driving Directions

The State House is located at 24 Beacon Street in the heart of Boston. Unfortunately, there is no free or visitor parking available. Metered spaces are available on a limited basis. The closest parking garage is the Boston Common Garage located on Charles Street, between the Boston Common and the Public Garden.

Due to the lack of parking, the use of public transportation is encouraged.

Within the State House

There are three public entrances to the State House:

  • General Hooker entrance on Beacon Street at the front of the building.
  • Bowdoin Street entrance (handicapped accessible) in the front right corner of the building.
  • Ashburton Park entrance (handicapped accessible) off Bowdoin Street near the rear of the building.

When going to Special Collections (room 55), use either the General Hooker or Bowdoin Street entrance. The Special Collections Department is in the west wing at the front of the building. Proceed to the end of the west wing corridor on the first floor and take the elevator at the end of the hall to the basement. Special Collections is to the right when exiting the elevator.

The main reading room (room 341) and the periodicals balcony (room 442) are located in the rear of the building.

This information is provided by The State Library of Massachusetts.