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


The State Library is located in the Massachusetts State House at 24 Beacon Street: 

  • Reading room and reference services, Room 341
  • Newspapers, periodicals, and conference room, Room 442
  • Special collections, Room 55

Public Transportation

Take the MBTA Red or Green Lines to the Park Street Station. The State House is at the top of the hill, to the left as you exit the station. Walk northeast along the Freedom Trail through the Boston Common one block to Beacon Street.

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 two public entrances to the State House:

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

The Special Collections Department (Room 55) is located 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 on the third and fourth floors.

This information is provided by The State Library of Massachusetts.