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Lucky to have this incredible library in Cambridge

We are very lucky to have such a wonderful main public library (and system of libraries) in... read more

Reviewed December 19, 2018
travelinbluesgal
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Best of Old and New

I always love a library, and Cambridge's new library has it all, without losing the beautiful old... read more

Reviewed December 4, 2018
Janet B
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

We are very lucky to have such a wonderful main public library (and system of libraries) in Cambridge. I cannot say enough about how great CPL is. They put on a lot of free interesting programs, author talks and educational events for the public. There's...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

I always love a library, and Cambridge's new library has it all, without losing the beautiful old library with its arched ceiling and glorious woodwork. Especially liked all the "to go" selections, ready to be picked up and checked out at a moment's notice.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Janet B
Reviewed May 2, 2018

It's no Boston Public Library but it'll do! The lawn out front is full of families and dogs and is a nice place to sit and read when you need a break from all of the concrete and bricks. The inside is large with a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

A real meeting place in Cambridge. The beautiful lawns were alive with sun bathers, Frisbee throwers, soccer player, children learning to ride bike and play baseball.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Steven R
Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit just to see the architecture. A wonderful design for a modern, vital and active public library. One of the best in the U.S.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank JWC87
Reviewed November 8, 2017

We stayed warm during the wintry NE months by sitting in the library. Nice! To distinguish yourself from the homeless, pick up a book or magazine and look busy.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Maynard C
Reviewed August 11, 2017

This is a very spacious library, even allowing for snacks and drinks on the first floor. Service was great every time we asked for help.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank vaclean
Reviewed August 9, 2017

The library was always a cozy spot for book lovers. It's part of the Boston area library system. The new addition was wonderfully planned. Lots of computer access and a great place to sit and read all day. It even has a snacking area. Very...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank sherpadog
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

A beautiful public library with an outdoor playground and lots of green space outside. When the weather is nice, it's wonderful to get coffee from Darwins Ltd (a coffee shop that's about a five minute walk from the library) and relax on the grass with...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Stephanie E
Reviewed July 2, 2017

There are so many wonderful things to say about the Cambridge Public Library, it's hard to know where to begin! I love the 3rd floor children's area, they now have a laptop checkout station, and there is so much light in many different sections of...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank M G
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