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Boston Public Library

Open Now: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open today: 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
700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
Back Bay
+1 617-859-2216
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Best place to study! It can get a bit crowded with tourists so I would suggest staying in the upper floors of the modernized side if you really want to focus.

Thank Patrick B
Reviewed 2 days ago

beautiful space to read a book or just spend time in the beautiful courtyard. Do not miss the bates hall or the map room

Thank the-vin-roh
Reviewed 2 days ago

Near Copley Plaza and our hotel. Big, beautiful building with great art decorations. Worth a visit and not too crowded.

Thank BandBs
Reviewed 2 days ago

I wish i had allowed more time to spend at this Library and even enjoy some tea and nibbles in the garden area. Such a beautiful library, great location. Well worth a visit.

Thank Villamarie888
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What an incredible building. Numerous floors of books including a map room, technical books, teen library, children’s library, computer room, coffee shop, you name it they have got it. All this is housed in a building that is an architectural masterpiece. Certainly worth visiting and...More

Thank Kolletjie
Reviewed 4 days ago

Start at the top and walk down. Free and a lovely building. Wont take long spend some time in the fabulous reading room

1  Thank nosae17
Reviewed 5 days ago

Taking the guided tour at the Boston public library was the highlight of our visit to the city. This beautiful building is adorned with exquisite murals, which would be the envy of any fine art museum. The stunning John Singer Sargent hall is worth the...More

1  Thank Oren E
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the great buildings of Boston. Just walk in and meander. Gorgeous. Books, statues, grand staircases. As close to Europe as you cant get without being there. There is also a cafe to make you linger longer.

1  Thank kdeeney
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited the Boston Public Library in September 2018. It is located on Copley Square. Across from Copley Square you can see Trinity Church and the Hancock Building. Near the entrance of the library are two famous sculptures. The inside of the Boston Public Library...More

Thank blairkk25
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an incredible library. Architecture, artwork & statues in the old part are really lovely. However...be aware...the homeless & street people are in abundance. Saw one gentleman clutching his side with blood flowing between his fingers. He'd just been stabbed. That was a first...More

Thank GypsyAtLast
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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