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Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
+1 617-859-2216
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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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  • Very good25%
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  • Poor1%
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“copley square” (190 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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"reading room"
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"beautiful building"
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"map room"
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"the john singer sargent murals"
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"inner courtyard"
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"great architecture"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped here on our way to brunch one morning. The architecture is beautiful. It was perfect for a 20 minute walk through and some nice pictures.

Thank Samanthajh09
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A library with statues, marble staircases, amazing paintings and murals, a coffee shop, a courtyard with fountains, and rotating exhibits that feature Boston's historical past. Most tourists don't go here because they don't know it exists. But once inside you will be taken back to...More

Thank leiasnerfherder
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wandered into the library after remembering that someone told us about it. What a beautiful surprise! Even though it is winter, the courtyard was beautiful. The architecture and artwork inside was stunning! So nice that they had little info area to tell what you were...More

Thank Cag3doc
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This library is really beautiful inside and out. The third floor has murals by Sargent that should be visited. The rest of the interior is also worth inspecting.

Thank Mitchell D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful library. Amazing piece of history. The new wing is also very cool, but the older parts are really the best parts.

Thank Isabel T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building. Lots of art to see. There is a beautiful courtyard where you can relax, read a book, bring a lunch. The new addition is light, airy, and relaxing. Also listen to Jim & Margery from WGBH on Tuesdays & Fridays in the new...More

Thank Cindy R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it only takes 15 min off your agenda but I'm really glad I did, it's a very impressive site to visit.

Thank Richomc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience, we went back numerous times! The Library has a newly renovated section, which is very modern and has all the material you could imagine! However, the character lies in the older section, which looks like the libraries in the movies,...More

Thank GregTitaliano
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you don;t have a card, come and check out one of the greatest institutions in the world. Cozy, outstanding architecture, and an all around great visit for any bibliophile! Pick up a book off the shelf, or bring one of your own, this...More

Thank Angelo S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was not sure this would be worth going to, but the place is just magnificent! We stepped inside from a cold day and right from the entrance with a statue and a huge round metal plaque in the floor to the grand staircases to...More

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Jodie S
6 October 2017|
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Response from Troonie1 | Reviewed this property |
Would give it one hour plus. The courtyard is fantastic and you can sit and enjoy, the maps section could easily take another 30 minutes and there are apparently a number of displays. Plus a coffee shop, so the end point... More
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Hayley1607
27 July 2017|
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Response from LanSluderBelize | Reviewed this property |
Also, in the same complex (different entrance door) is the WGBH public radio station coffee shop and café.
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mitchmcc
28 September 2015|
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Response from morsequay | Reviewed this property |
We walked via the Boston Common and called for a beer at the bar where "Cheers" was filmed.
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