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“A place for learning.”

Boston Public Library
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.
Reviewed January 28, 2013

The layout of the rooms, the user friendly equipment and the atmosphere. You meet people from all backgrounds, young, old, and from various ethnicities. The mixture of the modern architecture with the old and the program of various lectures and exhibitions offered.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Go to the McKim building, not the Johnson building. Step into Victorian Boston. Enjoy murals, glass, a gorgeous courtyard, even in winter. This is one of the great libraries in the world. Savor it.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Friend and I came here in May 2012 to browse prior to our return home. The marble stairway area was gorgeous, as was the large main reading area. Come to sightsee, but be mindful of the people actually studying and reading. I'd stay away from flash photography as it's kind of distracting, but probably alright in areas with very few people.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I flew to DC and my son and I drove up to Boston to see what was left my childhood haunts of the 1940s and 50s’. This included going up in the Prudential building, stopping by Boston Latin the oldest school of its kind in our hemisphere, visiting the Boston Commons, and walking through the Boston Public Library.
The Boston Public Library is a serendipity experience because it not only caters to readers, but historians and art lovers. Paintings adorn many of the walls throughout the expansive building which has several of the floors. But what was a unique surprise was an exhibit of the old elevated trains that ran throughout the South Boston. They had been taken down 25 years ago to make way for the ever changing neighborhood landscape. The pictures showed neighborhoods as I remembered them which brought back memories of the Roxbury where I grew up. They even had displays of the Big Dig and other panel works depicting the history of Boston.
Boston is known as the educational hub of the country and the Boston Public Library is no exception. In keeping with the times it has computers available for learning experience, and rows and rows of displays that include up to date current information along with historical works. All in all it was a delightful experience and I would recommend to anyone visiting the area to take a side trip to the Boston Public Library and visit all its floors for there is a surprise waiting round every corner.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

If you have a moment to visit, step into the north end of the library and proceed up the marble steps to some of the viewing rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor. I enjoy some of the ceiling frescos and architecture, and occasionally some nice exhibits on display. The south end of the library is connected and that area is very uninteresting architecturally, but busy with a lot of people reading books.

Thank TcarlGren
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