inside the Boston Public Library's Rabb Hall


When you name a seator multiple seatsin Rabb Hall in honor or in memory of a loved one, you are creating a powerful legacy that places your honoree’s name in the company of influential voices and icons, who come to the Boston Public Library knowing that is a world renowned symbol of the free sharing of ideas, information, and treasures. Choose two or more seats together to create a symbolic legacy for a couple or family.

The 306-seat lecture space, located inside the Boylston Building of the Boston Public Library, was named for benefactor Sidney R. Rabb (1900-1985), a local philanthropist and former chairman of Stop & Shop Supermarket company, and his wife Esther. It has been host to profound conversations, vibrant performances, and celebrity visits from the likes of activist Angela Davis; bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand; conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Benjamin Zander; fashion designer Joseph Abboud; and Bernice King, lawyer, minister, and youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. The programs and speakers that grace Rabb Hall are cross-cultural and inter-generational, aimed at encouraging discourse and an appreciation of arts, culture, and activism.

Make your gift of $1,000 or more, per seat, to reserve yours today, and contact Carol Estes-Schwartz at cestes@bplfund.org or 617-859-2032 to arrange for a visit to make your seat selection. Dedicated seats will be adorned with an inscribed silver plaque on the top of the seat-back. With only 306 seats available, this is a limited-time offer so don’t wait! Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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