Mission statement

The Mary Baker Eddy Library provides public access and context to original materials and to educational experiences about Mary Baker Eddy’s life, ideas, achievements, and legacy.

About the Library

The Mary Baker Eddy Library opened in 2002, as a place for people to explore the life, ideas, and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910). She was a remarkable nineteenth-century woman who overcame adversity to write Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesa groundbreaking book on religion, health, and spirituality. Established as a cultural and historical institution, the Library provides educational experiences, programs, and exhibits, featuring the Mapparium® and the Publishing House Lobby.

The Library also offers user-friendly access to its vast collections through Research and Reference Services. As its primary resource, the Library’s collections are one of the largest by and about an American woman.

Mary Baker Eddy lived during a time when women had few options outside of marriage and virtually no voice to speak out in public. Eddy fought through those restrictions and helped all women make important strides forward in America. She was a woman decades ahead of her time, pioneering such fields as business, education, publishing. She founded The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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