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Boston Public Library, Boston

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A book haven with more than 8.9 million books, Boston Public Library is the second-largest library in the United States after the Library of Congress. The library has 1.7 million rare manuscript holdings, including a handful of Shakespeare's quartos and a copy of the First Folio. Consider spending some time with a book in the McKim Building, soaking up the silence under a domed ceiling. Boston Public Library is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Boston Edition.
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  • We walked back to the library after our Duck Tour on the recommendation of our conduktor. It was well worth the walk in the 95 degree heat to see the incredible architecture in this building, includin...  more »
  • Just off the T subway at Copely and with a long walk ahead of us on a very hot day to The Pru, we were drawn to enter a building unknown to us by two sculptures at its entrance. Science and Arts are p...  more »
  • Visited the library after reading about it on Trip Advisor, very hot day and lovely to find somewhere cool to visit. Particularly liked the central courtyard to sit and enjoy some peace and quiet.  more »
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  • On the bright side, the old architecture is beautiful, and the new additions are also beautiful (especially the new children's section). Unfortunately, everything else leaves a lot to be desired. The book selection is atrocious for a library of this size. Many books, particularly best-sellers (even fiction), cannot be checked out. The building layout is a maze, and I saw someone shooting up in the bathroom once. Finally, the security guards also yell at everyone to get out of the library 20 minutes before closing time. I wouldn't recommend going here unless you want to admire the architecture and interior design of the library.
  • We walked over to the library on a brief stay on Boston. We spent probably and hour there. It's a beautiful building and I'd recommend seeing it. We coincidentally were there while they were having a book sale (which I think they do every 2 months), so we bought 3 books for $7.
  • Really enjoyed the free arts & architecture tour with Elizabeth! Only an hour long, but definitely covers all the highlights of the BPL and got plenty of fun facts I otherwise never would have thought to look up. Check the website to see times, since they're different each day.
  • I was pleasantly surprised when walking through this library. It has been recently updated and is modern/interactive. The displays are beautiful and there are thousands upon thousands of books to read. This is a great place for the city.
  • I spent a lot time here when I was in high school. I recently returned to visit after more than 25 years away. I never realized how amazing this library was. It is one of the oldest public libraries in the country. This is actually two libraries: the old building which houses rare books collection, and the modern building which is state of the art, see pictures below. It is a must see place if you are visiting Boston.