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Boston Public Library

Open Now: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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
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700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited in July. We did the tea service at the library and it was INCREDIBLE! The setting was amazing! The architecture, books, atmosphere were all exceptional. I highly recommend a stop here while visiting Boston.

Date of experience: July 2018
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The Boston Public Library or BPL is such an unsung hero of the city. It is GORGEOUS and has so much to offer. While I was in college I used to come and study to avoid the chatter in my college library, but now I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CourtneyM1719
Reviewed 2 days ago

Whether you are a book lover or tour enthusiasts, the Boston Public Library is a must see. I suggest you grab a coffee and your favourite literary piece and head to the outdoor garden for a lovely quiet reflection.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank flygirl3000
Reviewed 6 days ago

I recently had my book Wisdom Whisperer entered into the Boston Public Library, so I had the opportunity to visit it after not having been there for a number of years. The library is a visual treat inside, has an amazing Europeanesque courtyard, many different...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kemurphy
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing frescos and the original feeling of old libraries. Smell of books and wood. Very nice and inspiring building.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hvem
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing areas for children, young adults, and adults for studying or reading. The historic sections are amazingly well-kept and clean.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank aggieyank13
Reviewed 6 days ago

This library has so many rooms and so beautiful. Lots of wood. The upper floor had a art gallery which was so impressive. I wish I could have taken the tour but it is scheduled on certain days. Check this out before going.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tracy12240828
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our tour guide took us by here and so glad they did. The architecture was beautiful and the art inside was breathtaking. So glad we stopped in

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kristyvn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful public library, spacious, outside courtyard, museums, places to sit and read with cozy cafes. Great place to discover when traveling alone. Great place to work study, or refresh your mind. The space and layout is beautiful. I also really like to work at the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dianna M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just happened to stop in here to use the restroom and get out of the cold and ended up spending quite a bit of time here. Very nice library.

Date of experience: April 2018
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