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Boston Public Library

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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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+1 617-859-2216
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful library, amazing building and architecture, including an inside cortile and yard with tea room which adds to the very european and classical environment. Highly recommend

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ecolard
Reviewed 4 days ago

While walking the length of Boylston, I took the time to drop into the public library. Even if you’re not a great library lover, this is a wonderful structure dedicated to the written word. Take a stroll through and enjoy it’s beauty and elegance.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Grousedoctor
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit location for anyone interested in old Boston architecture. Marble rooms, beautiful reading rooms and art

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sean6753EE
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were advised to go here and it was very interesting. It even had a wedding rehearsal going on. Street entertainment outside too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank denboy938
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't know why this location is not rated higher, it is really nice and you can take very nice pictures :)

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ValvaMG
Reviewed 1 week ago

Library to cater needs for all ages. Kids section was really good with plenty of program for all day of week.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cpe2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

The greatest public library in... Boston. I have NEVER not found what I went there looking for. Well stocked, huge selection, super cool architectural building... what's not to love? :D

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Brian R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you don't check out any books, the Boston Public Library (the old building) is worth visiting just to take in the amazing architecture. When you come into the library at the Copley Square entrance, you'll see the gorgeous granite staircase inside with the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mainecoon2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Used a reading room there recently. Great space for quiet work. The architecture is also quite nice.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank smansier
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice to see the inside of this famous library! Very charming and authentic! Could be good to have visiting hours so that the students are not disturbed by the presence of tourists.

Date of experience: November 2018
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December 15, 2018|
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Response from Mike F | Reviewed this property |
It is free admission
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Plan on Parking in a Garage.
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Wendy L, That is a very funny typo! I guess it depends on the wife 🤣