An old library - BIG Deal........Well the Boston Public Library (BPL) is NOT just any old library! Established in 1848, the BPL was the first public library in the US. The current building, designed by architect Charles McKim as "the palace for the people" was erected in 1895, and in 1986 was designated an "Historic National Landmark".
Check out the old-fashioned reading library upstairs with the green lamps and its 23 million books, manuscripts, maps and manuscripts. Check out the murals on the walls of the 2nd and 3rd floors. See a very moving display of countless items forming a memorial for the Boston Marathon 2013 bombing. Absolutely classic! But wait, the BEST kept secret in Boston is downstairs, in the basement............
Walk downstairs and discover a beautiful Italianate courtyard right out of a picture book. A small restaurant is there serving food. A fountain in the middle sprays water. Tables around the exterior provide ample space for lunch, reading or napping. The plantings are lovely. Notice the calm, other-worldy feel, and then remind yourself you are standing in the middle of Copley Square, but in a solitude oasis. Absolute MAGIC!
We have brought all of our visitors to Boston here for over 30 years and each has been amazed!
A MUST place to visit in Boston - unknown to most locals. A pure gem!