Update on COVID-19

All Brookline Libraries are now open for browsing, but capacity limits are in effect. Keep up with the latest updates in letters from our director, Sara Slymon.

Current hours are listed on our Hours & Locations page.

Masks & Social Distancing at the Library

All patrons ages 2 and up must wear a mask which covers their nose and mouth while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

You may be asked to keep distance between yourself and staff. We will continue to have plexiglass up at public desks, and we ask that you stay behind it while asking questions.

Please keep 6 feet apart from other people and wear masks.

Events, Programs, and Room Rental

All programming will remain virtual until further notice. Check out our event calendar for our latest library programs, including storytimes, book clubs, and more.

The second floor of the Brookline Village library is closed to the public. At Brookline Village library, study rooms are available to be reserved. Otherwise, there are no room reservations at this time.

Capacity Limits

Library staff will monitor building capacity. If we are at maximum capacity for a building or room, you may experience a wait before you can enter. There are displays around the Library entrances which show our current capacity. There is no time limit on your visit.

The Children’s, Tween, and Teen Rooms at Brookline Village, and the Children’s Room at Coolidge Corner, have separate capacity limits by room. When a room reaches capacity, no one else may enter. Families should not plan on the Library being a standard part of their after school care plan.

Other Limitations

Eating or drinking is temporarily not allowed at all Brookline Libraries. This does not apply to babies who need to nurse or need a bottle, or to anyone who needs a sip of water. We plan to return to our liberal food and drink policy soon.

Ask Questions

You can ask librarians your questions by phone at 617-730-2370 ext 3, by chat, or by email.