The Boston Public Library is a municipal public library system in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1848. The Boston Public Library is also the Library for the Commonwealth (formerly library of last recourse) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; all adult residents of the commonwealth are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding. The Boston Public Library contains approximately 23 million items encompassing all formats including books,...

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  • Artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ Philosophy panel, approximately 14’ x 7’ in size, 160 pounds, and one of nine panels in the artist’s mural cycle, was successfully restored in September 2016 and then returned to its alcove in the grand staircase. This section of the Chavannes’ mural was conserved using a technique that had to be invented for this project and returned to its home after months of c...

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  • New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, Neil Gaiman bends genres while reaching audiences of all ages. Gaiman is interviewed on stage by Jared Bowen, Executive Arts Editor for WGBH and host of the weekly television series Open Studio with Jared Bowen. Bowen talks to Gaiman about his extensive career, his creative process, and his love of libraries. This author talk is generou...

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  • Take a look back at the the Central Library Renovation grand reopening on July 9, 2016. Visitors can now enjoy updates to the interior design and exterior landscaping, new digital elements, beautiful new spaces for studying and reading, refreshed collections, and new public computers. The renovation of the Central Library puts the BPL on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefin...

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  • Meet Jay Moschella, Curator of Rare Books, and Beth Prindle, Head of Special Collections. December 7, 2016, Jay and Beth took our Facebook audience on an after-hours tour of BPL’s world-class Shakespeare Collection, now on display as part of an unprecedented exhibition. Shakespeare Unauthorized pulls back the curtain on four hundred years of collaboration, confusion, and even literary deception ...

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  • In 1823, the discovery of a previously unknown edition of William Shakespeare's Hamlet created a sensational literary scandal. The text of this edition, printed in 1603, was barely recognizable and far shorter than the familiar version of the play. Shakespeare Unauthorized curator, Jay Moschella, discusses the differences between the two versions, including the famous "to be or not to be" line t...

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  • Shakespeare Unauthorized curator, Jay Moschella, provides an inside look at why this exhibition is truly an unprecedented opportunity for the public to experience some of the rarest and most valuable books in the world. Discover the mystery of Shakespeare in person at the Central Library in Copley Square, McKim Exhibition Hall, now through March 31. Shakespeare Unauthorized is made possible thr...

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  • Over 2,700 visitors flocked to the Central Library in Copley Square's McKim Exhibition Hall on opening weekend to experience "Shakespeare Unauthorized." Join the BPL as we pull back the curtain on four hundred years of collaboration, confusion, and even literary deception that surround the works of William Shakespeare. Learn more at http://www.bpl.org/exhibitions/shakespeare-unauthorized/.

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  • Watch the Central Library in Copley Square’s McKim Exhibition Hall transform in preparation for the Shakespeare Unauthorized opening today. Experience some of the rarest, most extraordinary books in the world and learn about the countless men and women who have made and remade the works of a literary icon, through an unprecedented exhibition of the BPL’s world-class collections.

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