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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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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

What could be more befitting than a wonderful venue for people to learn, meet, read, discuss, study and ponder all things which can be communicated in various media? This historic building perfectly melts classic architecture with its grand reading room and facade with modern amenities...More

Thank Muralto60
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful architecture. Be sure to allow time to sit outside in the courtyard if you can. It’s a perfect place to read or study. There is also a cafe on the premises with a unique ceiling.

Thank GiddyupBorzoi
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must do! Even if you just wanted to walk through and check out the architecture. Very pretty! I love the old feel of this building!

Thank tiffanybrasch
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had not been back to the main branch of the BPL in Copley Square since our college days. In 1972, an addition was built to accommodate more collections. For anyone visiting Boston, the BPL should be in your top 10 places...More

Thank goodyprue
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Library is old on one side and very modern on the other. In the older part John Sargeant painted a mural that took him 30 years. It is incomplete due to his death. Library is free and definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank Margaret G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great place to go. Lots to see, beautiful building, and has places to grab a coffee/snack. There is a large outdoor courtyard in the middle which is great to take pictures. I didn't see the whole library, however what I did see...More

Thank Travel_Mom0003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a please surprise - went in more so out of curiosity. Wow! The hand painted murals and art are as beautiful as they are fascinating. Architecturally, the interior is stunning. Definitely go for the guided tour for a true explanation of the art.

Thank mls1060us
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a good idea to stop by this library. This grand building really sets the tone for Boston. Beautiful and well kept, a place where you can truly feel it's historical importance. I was so happy to see that this library is still being used...More

Thank holidaycoco
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is so much to offer at the BPL. Well worth checking out their calendar of events. Just avoid the staff, there are very few who are friendly.

Thank Rob A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The free tour on Friday morning was more interesting than we expected. It's an art feast for the eyes. The library hall with it's tables and green lamps looked like a scene out of Harry Potter.

Thank Iwanttoseeit
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Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit
Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques
– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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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
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.
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.