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Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
+1 617-859-2216
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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“reading room” (187 reviews)
“copley square” (195 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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"reading room"
in 187 reviews
"copley square"
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"beautiful building"
in 182 reviews
"map room"
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"bates hall"
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"architecture tour"
in 31 reviews
"the john singer sargent murals"
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"abbey room"
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"holy grail"
in 28 reviews
"inner courtyard"
in 29 reviews
"great architecture"
in 33 reviews
"trinity church"
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"worth a visit"
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"free tour"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I would spend hours there! The old building is an architectural pearl! Take the old lift from the main entrance. Such a beautiful building! A must for tourist in Boston!

Thank Radu P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Super building and free to visit, not much in Boston is free! Expensive city but great place to be. Mix of old and new and people are friendly.

Thank lynn55morris
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I had heard the library was someplace you should see in Boston. Boy was it ever more than we could have imagined! It was so magnificent, it reminded me of a cross between the British Museum in London and the Sistine Chapel. Beautiful architecture and...More

Thank Suzannah S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Even if you are not a book enthusiast, this place is physically stunning. It is a fantastic spot just to wonder through and take in the fantastic architecture. Go and give it a look, so worth it.

Thank BethanyAnneMiller
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoy discovering public libraries and this is a good one. There is a cafe where you can order coffee and food and sit and write.

Thank Effie2905
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were visiting Boston with friends, two other couples. One of the couples frequents Boston regularly and had recommended we swing through the Boston Public Library. I was thinking "meh, OK, I guess.....if everyone else is OK going." I am SOOOO VERY GLAD I WENT...More

Thank Sean O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the architecture-art tour and it was fabulous. This was one of our favorite things we did in Boston and it was free! Both teenagers loved it. Our guide was awesome.

Thank TravelEMB
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful place!! The Public Library is free, situated on one side of the impressively imposing Copley Square. The inside architecture is impressive. Definitely a must see in Boston.

Thank Stephanie B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We dropped by just to walk around a bit and enjoy the architecture. What a beautiful building! We aren't a family of models, but we did a lot of posing and picture taking because everything is SO beautiful! We also wandered from the old section...More

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our son took us to the Boston Public Library and it was amazing. The lions that appear on the staircase are beautiful . And the murals inside will question you if some how you have been teleported to Europe! Breath taking, spent several hours looking...More

Thank peterjfernandez05
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No parking. Park elsewhere and get the T.
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Response from Rob H | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the general consensus. It's so easy to make your own way round, see it all and use the info available to enrich your visit. I'm sure the tours add, but the flexibility of going wherever and whenever you want... More
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