The Insurance Library Association of Boston was founded in 1887. It is the country’s first, and only remaining, independent library dedicated solely to the subject of insurance.

Our location at 156 State Street is in the heart of Boston’s historic Financial District, just steps away from Quincy Market. The insurance industry in New England was started by marine insurance underwriters in offices on State Street, and other insurers, agents, and brokers soon followed. By the late 19th Century, insurance had become such a large part of the Boston business community that insurance businesses spilled over into a web of nearby streets.

The Library’s first home was at 55 Kilby Street (now known as 10 Liberty Square). It then moved to four other nearby locations before its 1981 move to where it is today, just a quick walk from our original location.

The Library’s mission is to provide members of the insurance, risk management, and legal communities, and the public, with excellent research resources and services, high-quality educational programming, and opportunities for networking and engagement.

The Insurance Library is a nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code Service and as a public charity by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Library does not receive any public funds: we are supported solely through membership dues, revenue from our paid educational programs, event sponsorships and ticket sales, and through the generosity of donors to our annual fund drive. All of this support allows us to continue to expand our services, education programs, pro bono services, and engagement events.

Whether you are a longtime member and supporter, or you are new to the Library, we invite you to explore our website for more information about the Library, including membership, events, and our educational programs.