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. Arrange your visit to Boston Public Library and discover more family-friendly attractions in Boston using our Boston road trip tool .
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  • This really is the heart of Boston, architecturally and culturally. Even if you don't go inside, the outside has viewers in awe! The perfect spot for a photo op.  more »
  • The library, itself a great example of period architecture, contains over two dozen commissioned murals in three locations in the original building. The main stairway has Chavannes work, dedicated to ...  more »
  • Without a doubt one of the best libraries in the world, to not miss, is located in a very touristic point of Boston. Whenever I am in this city I get a moment to spend, take a break from hiking and recharge the bottle of water, also free wifi allows me to connect me and go over the route to go,
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  • I absolutely lived this library. When you walk in, there is this modern looking library with tons of technology and a radio station and a very very tasty cafe😋 But what I really like is how the main part of it is how historical it is when you go throughout the old parts. Tons of old maps and books and murals on the ceilings and walls. It was like walking through time. Would definitely recommend going. Even for a date. Plus the courtyard is very relaxing if you want to just chill or read, or even do homework.
  • This architecture of this building is beautifully preserved. The courtyard with the fountain was my favorite area. There are a few cafes inside and plenty of places to sit an enjoy the view. When you first walk in there is perfect lighting coming through the windows at the top of the stairs between the lion statues.
  • It's hard to believe that a humble looking library building from outside but have a spectacular architecture inside. This place was not in my place to visit initially. But from exterior of this library seems fascinating. From the old books, to the courtyard and beauty of every room, it's worth your time to visit. The Reading Room upstairs is a lovely place to sit and read among many people. The reading room is like hogwarts as in Harry Potter movie. Amazingly Boston public library is the second largest library in United States. The library also full of history and unique architecture as it was more than 100 years old and established since 1852.
  • We recently visited Boston and found the Boston Public Library on Copley Square to be an unexpectedly very good attraction to visit. Here you will find several exhibition areas that are potentially worth visiting. We enjoyed both the Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence as well as the Women in Cartography exhibitions, finding both well worth 15-30 minutes of your time. We also greatly enjoyed seeing the lovely Bates Hall as well as the lovely murals that adorn the walls and various gallery rooms which you can freely visit and see within the library. In particular, the Abbey Room series of paintings known as The Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail were quite impressive. As were the Chavennes Gallery murals. We also greatly enjoyed seeing the John Singer Sargent murals installed on the second floor between 1895 and 1919. The library includes a lovely courtyard that is delightful to visit, a real oasis with tables for you to sit and enjoy a beverage from the library cafe. We found free wifi with a strong signal as well so this can be a good place to rest your feet and check emails as well. In the end, we spend around 90 minutes at the Boston Public Library and were delightfully surprised at how much we enjoyed our time here, finding this one of the more memorable attraction we experienced in Boston. We would gladly return to view the artworks, lovely courtyard and the to see exhibitions here during future visits to Boston. Note: Free tours of the Boston Public Library are available. See their online website to learn more if interested.
  • We just did a tour of the architecture and art in the library. It was very informative and the tour guide was very knowledgable. The tour covered every aspect of the original building, from art and frescoes, to the reading room and the statues around the library. The most impressive area as far as I was concerned was the courtyard. It was very nice.
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