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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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700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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+1 617-536-5400
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely sculptures and interesting artwork. Not too big so makes for a nice little stop...maybe pack a small lunch and enjoy in the beautiful courtyard.

Thank Brandon N
Reviewed yesterday

Old but historic. Rumor has it a good amount of marriages started at the library here. Lots of international students getting there info for all colleges near by. Easy access to trains,busses and cabs. Great spot to meet people, park right across the street and...More

Thank mcstephen66
Reviewed 2 days ago

We came here to see the John Singer Sargent Murals on the third floor and they were well worth the trip. Amazing. Bates Hall, the reading room, while not as grand as the 42nd Street Library is still lovely-so calm and peaceful.

Thank AlanR27
Reviewed 2 days ago

This beautiful Renaissance Revival founded in 1848 houses over 23 million items through various collections that could keep you busy for eternity. Being the third largest library in the U.S., I'm sure you'll find something of interest. Certainly great on inclement weather days! ;-}

Thank raymondmC6721ME
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were ending our last full day and came across the library. I wanted to take a look, and it is beautiful. As we went to leave we found ourselves in a courtyard with a lovely concert performed by Berkley School of Music students. The...More

Thank gatormom04
Reviewed 2 days ago

An inspirational building and fascinating tour. A must to see in Boston. Although it probably is wheelchair accessible, this not the best place to come to as a tourist in a wheelchair as one of the beauties in the building is the staircase, its walls...More

Thank edithrad
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Boston Public Library is one of the nicest libraries I have been in. Modern in some areas but historic in others. Nice outdoor garden area in the library itself. Has a coffee shop if that's your thing as well. Worth a stroll through if...More

Thank kramhayes
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a beautiful building by itself, but inside are some amazing murals. The reading room is a dream -- I sat at one of the tables and spent some time reading. There is also a small gem of a garden with a fountain ......More

Thank AlabasterJones
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Simply incredible, those who like studying it is something amazing the organization and infrastructure!!!! Worth to be visited!

Thank fabioirino
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the first free library in our country and the elegance, design and history of the building make it very deserving of a visit. Our family spent about an hour here exploring on our own, but I would have enjoyed one of the tours...More

Thank jandblair
Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the
heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and
the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable
skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock
Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit
Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques
– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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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.