Visit the Library

The research library of the Archdiocese of Boston is open to the public by appointment only.  Appointments are generally offered Monday through Friday, from 9a-3:30p. 

To schedule a visit, please contact archive staff using our contact form or email us directly at [email protected].  Please include in your message a brief description of your research interest and availability.

We do ask a suggested donation of $10.00 per hour from those using the research library.  For those who would like to contribute it can be made by cash or check at the conclusion of a visit, or online by clicking here

Location

  • The archive and research library are located at the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184. 
  • Please note that the main entrance faces away from the street, you can recognize it by the brick driveway leading up to the main lobby doors.
  • Researchers are welcome to use any space in the parking lot unless marked “Reserved.”  
  • When you arrive, please check in at the front desk and a member of the archive staff will come meet you in the lobby.

Researching in the Library

Getting Started:

  • Upon entry, researchers will be asked to place bags, coats, and other such items in a locker.
  • Researchers will be asked to complete a registration form and review library policies prior to commencing research.
  • Researchers may use personal electronic devices such as a phone, tablet or laptop; free Wi-Fi is available. 

Requesting Materials:

  • Regretfully, the archive and library does not have a catalog of collections available to the public. 
  • Archive staff will consult with researchers prior to scheduling an appointment and recommend relevant materials from within our collections.
  • Collection guides for many of our collections can be provided in advance of an appointment to help identify specific materials of interest.  You can also find some on our Researcher Resources page.
  • Depending on the quantity, some or all of these collections will be prepared in advance of the researcher’s arrival. 
  • Additional consultation and requests can be made at any time during the research appointment, materials are retrieved from the shelves on a rolling basis.

Taking Pictures:

  • Researchers are permitted to take reference photographs using their phone, tablet or camera with the flash disengaged.
  • The use of personal scanners is not permitted.
  • Archive staff can provide photocopies, scanned images, or copy photographs of documents at $0.25 per image. 
  • Hi-resolution images and permission to use them in a publication can be provided, please ask archive staff for more information.