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Boston Public Library

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On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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+1 617-859-2216
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 31, 2010

In Copley Square there are a number of impressive sites, the Boston Public Library is certainly one of them. The architecture, statuary and art work here are jaw dropping. The massive lion monuments remembering those who fought in the Civil War, the murals and painting...More

5  Thank JamesII
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 3, 2015

Beautiful library, but not as inspiring as a library can be. The building is a must see in the city with its historical architecture.

3  Thank LuizGosling
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The building has square and rather boring exterior. You wouldn’t imagine the beauty inside! The features inside are incredible! Barrel ceilings, marble walls, elaborate statues and the list goes on. Just being here made me want to sit down and study a while! Go see...More

Thank Jekela
Reviewed 2 days ago

What an absolutely magnificent building! The "old side" faces Trinity Church, worth a visit even if you only have enough time to get a feel for the beautiful space. The lovely courtyard and fountain is so pleasant. There are tours at different times on different...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I love libraries. I could spend days and days looking down rows of books and reading. If you are the same then you need to check out this one. It's one of my favorites.

Thank granth649
Reviewed 5 days ago

This library is quite spectacular in more ways than one. It has an excellent collection of history books. For example, a 24 volume collection of president Roosevelt's life in office, including letters, minutes of meetings etc. The building's architecture is also spectacular. Best time to...More

Thank Yves G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

While at Copley Place for a convention, my nephew who lives in the area suggested I may enjoy coffee in the courtyard. Did I! The map room, where coffee and tea are available is rich with history and the courtyard is delightful. Beautiful architecture, like...More

Thank Denise S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Before anyone comes back at me, yes we did find the books, but not where you expect them to be. The building is beautiful with a fantastic staircase, reading room and courtyard. We walked around and were a bit perplexed as to where the lovely...More

Thank devonroamer
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was very impressed with the library. You should just go in and look at the art and murals. I was very impress and did not touch a book.

Thank rlucky34
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one nice library! You can experience so many different activities here and enjoy tea time in a beautiful relaxed tea room.

Thank TrojanGal
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the upstairs area of this old building are a number of pictures by Singer Sargent. You are free to walk around and admire them at your will.

Thank Juliet H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not just a public library, if you happen to be in Boston, this place is worth a visit. Daily guided tours on Art & Architectural insights will provide you with a very interesting perspective of this place. Free to wander within the compounds of this...More

Thank Tjtomi
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Plan on Parking in a Garage.
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One is able to access Wi-Fi as a Guest.
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I agree with the general consensus. It's so easy to make your own way round, see it all and use the info available to enrich your visit. I'm sure the tours add, but the flexibility of going wherever and whenever you want... More