Reference Services

Reference requests can be submitted online, by mail, or by phone. Priority is given to requests from members, and for photograph orders. The reference staff responds to inquiries in the order in which they are received. Responses should be expected within 7-10 business days. Please submit your questions through our Reference Request Form, or by emailing our library.

The Bostonian Society’s library is open to researchers by appointment only. To request an appointment, please email our archivist with a list of the resources you wish to view. A full catalog of our library holdings can be browsed here. Bostonian Society members are given priority in making appointments for visits, which are contingent upon staff availability and the physical condition of materials. There is a $10.00 library use fee for non-members, and admittance is free for members. Please review our library rules prior to your visit.

We also offer a Resource Guide to Boston-area sources for the most common research topics.

A $10.00/hour donation is appreciated for research completed through online services.