Some Idiot Vandalized the Boston Public Library with Graffiti

Who would do this?

Photo by Leah Palone

Photo by Leah Palone

Update: Wednesday, 10:22 a.m.

Library spokesperson Melina Schuler says the combined efforts of the BPL’s work crews and City Hall’s Graffiti Busters helped removed all the graffiti around 10 a.m. without any issues.

“We’re thrilled that the McKim can be restored to its beautiful self,” Schuler says.


The Boston Public Library’s main branch in Copley Square was vandalized early Wednesday morning.

Crews are working to remove the mostly white spray-paint graffiti from the facade of the historic McKim Building on Dartmouth Street, which first opened in 1895. The sight had one employee in tears, while the library’s foreman painter said he’d never seen anything like it in 26 years on the job, WBZ reports.

“There are cameras in the area. BPD is handling the investigation, but there are cameras in the area, and that will help,” BPL spokesperson Melina Schuler tells Boston. “This is an unprecedented scale. There have been incidents in the past where there’s been one tag on the facade, but never across the facade at once.”

Police say they responded to a report of vandalism in progress in Copley Square around midnight. The suspect is a black male in black hoodie and red hat, carrying a backpack, Boston police spokesperson Rachel McGuire told the Globe.