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Boston Public Library

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Address: 700 Boylston St., At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: 617-536-5400
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as...
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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Beautiful Architecture

The architecture was incredible. I thought it was such a beautiful place. Must see if you are a history buff.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The architecture was incredible. I thought it was such a beautiful place. Must see if you are a history buff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you want to visit a very complete library, here it is. Easily accessible from the T 'Green' line, although a bit crowded and cluttered, it has many free internet-accessible terminal as well as a basement floor and a rare book reading room.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We went to visit the Boston Public Library on a Sunday and unfortunately we did not have more time before taking our flight. We saw the building only from the outside, it is beautiful and surrounded by beautiful churches, lovely cafes and restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

What a surprise! The reading room on 1st floor is a delight. The inner courtyard complete with fountain is a haven of peace and quiet in the middle of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing place to visit, not only for its architeture and and lovely internal courtyard with a beautiful fountain but also for the small exhibitions in a number of small rooms. Moreover it is placed on Copley square, in front of another must see: Trinity Church

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The boston public library is beautiful! Make sure you take the time to appriciate the art and the patio.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

What a jewel! The marble entrance stairs, the murals, the ambience of the old building are outstanding. There was a fascinating exhibit of maps from the Revolutionary War period when we visited last week.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Nice outdoor area for sitting in the sun, and pretty architecture inside. Worth browsing around for an hour or so.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

While visiting Boston we visited the Boston Public Library to do some research on our family's genealogy. We researched the old newspapers for the region and made some outstanding discoveries about the family. The staff was very helpful and guided us on how to proceed. The art and the architecture is truly grand. Many tourist came through to see and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

One of the most beautiful libraries you visit this side of the Atlantic. From the time you walk into the frnt entrance, past the Civil War memorial lions, and through the labyrinth of interesting room, it is a fun place to just explore!

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