The Mother Church Reading Room

Join us on the Christian Science Plaza for Opening Our Doors, a day of free art and cultural experiences in the Fenway Cultural District presented by the Fenway Alliance.

A bookstore and a quiet place for study and prayer, where everyone is welcome

Here you can read or buy the Bible and all the books by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science. This includes Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which contains the full explanation of Christian Science and the Bible’s practical application to our everyday lives. 

You can also read and listen to more than 100 years of articles, testimonies, and recordings that give first-hand accounts of physical and moral healing through prayer. Our library nook includes Bible reference books and biographies of Mary Baker Eddy.

Reading Rooms are all over the world

Christian Science Reading Rooms are located worldwide.


The Mother Church Reading Room remodeling project began in November 2022 and is anticipated to be completed by late fall 2023. Visit us at our pop-up space at 184 Massachusetts Avenue!

We will remain in this space while construction is underway at 194 Massachusetts Ave. (see image below). While this pop-up space provides all of the same resources as before, it offers a fun new layout. See if you can spot our “green pastures” and “still waters” (Psalm 23). We hope you will visit often!

Our hours are:

  • Tuesday–Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday until 7:00 p.m.

  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The Mother Church Reading Room current and temporary location diagram

You might say a reading room serves two primary purposes: to provide authorized Christian Science literature and to offer a peaceful atmosphere in which to read, learn about, or purchase that literature. The new design keeps this mission firmly in mind, combining a space to meet, browse, purchase and ask questions, along with a place to read and contemplate.

Once completed, the Reading Room will have:

  • a sales area with products displayed more clearly

  • a new kid’s corner with children’s books

  • peaceful nooks for prayer, reading, and contemplation

  • a dedicated community space for Reading Room-sponsored events

  • a more comfortable and functional staff area

  • improved accessibility for all visitors

The design also gives special attention to conveying a warm and clear welcome to all by offering a small outdoor seating area out front, more visibility into the space from the sidewalk, and more.

Stay tuned! This page will be periodically refreshed with the latest project updates.

We look forward to seeing you at the Reading Room sometime soon.

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