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Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
+1 617-536-5400
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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+1 617-536-5400
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Reviewed yesterday

An historic building with a unique interior. Well worth a visit. The reading room is immense. Include on a visit to Copley Square

Thank Colin006
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We heard about the library on one of our tours that we did and we just had to go see it. It was so beautiful inside and very beautiful.

Thank Torri B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a fantastic building for a library, took some really nice photos of it, has some interesting surroundings as well

Thank richardJ5158RB
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there to look- ignorant as to the actual library. The old building is interesting. Note the statues, paintings, etc. There were many people using the new part of the library.

Thank Denaf
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I like walking through public libraries and Boston does not disappoint. Combine informative map rooms with a beautiful courtyard and award winning architecture for the modern extension of the historical structures gives you a feeling of the public importance for this library. They have done...More

Thank Troonie1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The main Boston Public Library in Copley Square is a monument to public works and public space. From the courtyard, to the stacks, to the great children's room, to the recent addition of a café with a fun menu and and a public radio studio...More

Thank norahdooley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sitting proudly this beautiful building is characterfully. We didn't actually enter it but enjoyed the area surrounding the library.

Thank ilanastone
Reviewed 1 week ago

This library is worth a stop for a visit you can make this a quick tour or extend it out by exploring all the different floors. It reminded me more of an art gallery or a museum.

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely recommend a visit to the Boston Public Library. Architecture is stunning, and it's a historical treasure trove. Excellent cafe, and you can also sit in on a PBS broadcast if you time it right.

Thank Doug D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the guided tour, well worth the time spent. Stunning interiors and murals. The library itself is also impressive, wish mine back home was as nice.

Thank David G
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– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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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.