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Boston Public Library, Boston
(4.8/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A beautiful place, beautiful architecture, a big favorite in Boston, and more free!
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  • We stopped here as our tourist trolley offered this- a very nice surprise. In the front of this two block enormous structure is the "old " library- Old rooms, old books, very artistic murals, traditio...  more »
  • We just wanted to see how it looked and walked in to see the marble stairs and some of the paintings and architecture. 
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  • Beautiful historic structure married with a modern world class library. The character of the old reading room makes it one of the best places to read or study in the city. They also do weddings and private events beautifully. Thrilling to see that Boston invests and reinvests in its civic structures and organizations.
  • complaint is the need for more hours. reduce reference staff on weekends and after hours like university libraries. the city could have saved money by paying for people's internet service. i saw some Macs on the M level a room of them and want to know what they are going to be used for. i like the convenient location of the library.
  • Beautiful library with great value, delicate architecture, extensive selection of books, internet connection and strategic location. My bostonian friend told me the library allows homeless people to come and use their laptop, if that's true, then it's so cool. Two thumbs up. Too bad they only open til 5pm.
  • After a 4 hour flight delay to get here, we arrive rather late, we actually ran to our hotel to drop our things and ran straight here. It is hands down the most beautiful library I have ever sat eyes on. I watched my boyfriend almost shed a man tear as it has always been his dream to go here. It's a lot bigger in person than I ever imagined! Please take time out of your day to visit here!
  • One of my local friends drove his car and dropped us right in front of the public library. Without any expectation, we entered the gate and were deeply impressed. It would be my pleasure and honor having opportunity studying here. Glad to be a Boston citizen, but unfortunately, I am not. Recommend this place if you have time.