Tonight was record-breaking—three simultaneous events and scores of people using the library into the evening. But why is busy important to us?

In short, the more you use the Storefront Library, the more we learn from this experiment.

Boston Street Lab and the Storefront Library Interns and Volunteers are committed to documenting the broad demand for library services in the community. But we’re also committed to uncovering specific data about exactly what works best, when it works best, and how to produce it efficiently. We believe that a fine grained understanding of how the community uses this temporary library can inform and inspire advocacy for a permanent library branch in the neighborhood. We also think it will help us develop other small-scale, street-level cultural uses of space in downtown Boston.