The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity - Boston, MA
The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity is a not-for-profit library/museum dedicated to providing common ground to explore: • the power of ideas throughout history to inspire individuals and transform the world • the ongoing search for life’s deeper meaning • the ideas, life, and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy.
The Library was established in June 2000 by The Christian Science Board of Directors as a nondenominational, not-for-profit educational institution for the purpose of “furthering the universal quest for spirituality and the science of being – and their effect on health and human progress.” Although the Library is a separate 501(c)(3) organization, the Church has committed to funding a portion of the Library’s activities during the first five years of operations and also donates administrative support from Church departments such as Accounting, Web, Information and Technology, and Site Services. The Library raises the rest of its operating budget from admission and shop revenues as well as donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other contributors. • The Library features contemporary and interactive exhibits including the well-known MappariumTM, the Quest Gallery, and the Monitor GalleryTM. • The Library houses the Church-owned archives of an American woman who altered the landscape of science, religion, and medicine through her work and writings. The Mary Baker Eddy Library archives comprise one of the largest collections by and about an American woman. User-friendly access to the collections is provided to the general public by the Research Room staff. • The Reference Room offers historic and contemporary context through 10,000 books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials focused on four core themes: Spirituality and Health, the Quest for Spirituality, Women and Leadership, and Mary Baker Eddy.