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Boston Public Library

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Back Bay East, Boston
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  • Celia F.
    "McKim Building courtyard and Bates Hall"(6 Tips)
    Boston Public Library
    "magnificent reading room is named for the Boston Public Library’s"(6 Tips)
    Tiffany P.
    "Gorgeous place and the Courtyard Restaurant is top knotch!"(4 Tips)
    Beth G.
    "Take a free tour - the building's architecture is beautiful"(13 Tips)
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  • Kendra V.
    New kids room is awesome!
    Kendra Valentine · 3 days ago
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  • Ben B.
    Use the Copley MBTA station to reach the north side of the building.
    Ben Baron · 1 week ago
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  • Claudia
    Visitors can use the computers for free for 1 hour.
    Claudia · 1 week ago
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  • Ben B.
    Quietest public floor I've ever experienced. Perfect!
    Ben Baron · 2 weeks ago
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  • Lucie B.
    Free wifi. 👍🏻
    Lucie Bergerova · 2 weeks ago
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  • Nicholas H.
    Highly-trafficked, but with ample study space in various formats. Bates Hall is the gorgeous reading room, but the older rooms also charm.
    Nicholas H. · April 29
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  • Akira K.
    This place is beautiful, I love to go here to relax and read something from the library.
    Akira K · April 29
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  • Trevor B.
    Great tea in the Map Room Cafe!
    Trevor B · April 2
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  • Lizzie H.
    Very pretty inside with lots of marble. The newer central library at the back contesting children's and teen books is nice to sit and work in and is a lot quieter than the main reading room.
    Lizzie Hatfield · March 22
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  • Bora
    Real historical library , just like museum . Even Though you don't like read you should see this place
    Bora · February 13
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  • Kaitlin T.
    I finally made it. This is THE library of all libraries, it seems. I'm jealous of you, Bostonians. I'd never leave.
    Kaitlin T · January 15
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  • Carl G.
    Magnificent facade and exquisite interior art.
    Carl Griffin · January 8
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  • Alex A.
    Incredible place . Past and future mixed by the book.
    Alex Aprisco · December 29, 2015
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  • Joshua
    The reading room upstairs is a must see. It's also a good place to read and work. The lions on either side of the staircase are also impressive. Don't miss the courtyard either.
    Joshua · November 7, 2015
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  • Ting
    Check the website for the daily tour timings on the Art and Architecture of this beautiful library. Well worth your time as the docent was excellent. If not, just go in anyway and enjoy the courtyard.
    Ting · October 8, 2015
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  • Djaniella D.
    Great for studying ... and taking naps! ;)
    Djaniella D. · September 20, 2015
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  • Ting
    Don't miss a visit to this beautiful library with a lovely courtyard. So conducive to read! Tours available daily but timing differs. Best to check the website.
    Ting · July 30, 2015
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  • Arnie T.
    This library is enormous!
    Arnie Taylor · July 12, 2015
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  • Jenny Q.
    A work of art. Map room, courtyard, and various art galleries
    Jenny Q · July 11, 2015
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  • Ethan M.
    Reading books is fun. I love the old world architecture. It really brings out the scholar in me.
    Ethan MacDonald · July 5, 2015
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  • vsync
    Ignore the signs listing the hours as they're useless. The guards go through and throw everyone out whenever they feel like it regardless of posted hours.
    vsync · June 26, 2015
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  • Candid Cuisine
    One of the most beautiful libraries in the US
    Candid Cuisine · June 25, 2015
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  • Gary Alexander I.
    Outstanding building
    Gary Alexander Illas · May 29, 2015
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  • sidra s.
    http://www.homeworkmarket.com/content/bus642-disscussion-question
    sidra sid · May 2, 2015
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  • Daniel T.
    Check out the new Teen Center
    Daniel Tewfik · April 21, 2015
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  • CNN
    Half-domes bookend either end of an impressive barrel-arched ceiling in Boston Public Library's Bates Hall. The 1895 library on Copley Square was designed by Charles Follen McKim. Read more
    CNN · April 13, 2015
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  • Parul B.
    Stunning library and great place to study but wifi is slow
    Parul Batra · March 22, 2015
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  • Dmtr
    Best place to read, work or study
    Dmtr · February 15, 2015
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  • Paige C.
    Great place to people watch and read on a cold day.
    Paige Coté · January 30, 2015
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  • Munira
    Great place to study
    Munira · September 28, 2014
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  • Marcus F.
    Nice place to sit and study. WiFi leaves a little to be desired. Get a library card to get on the Internet.
    Marcus Fryer · September 27, 2014
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  • Raphael Armand
    Oh man every library must be like this one!
    Raphael Armand · August 31, 2014
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  • Daryana
    Free wifi, nice fountain, a good place to relax after having a long working or walking day;)
    Daryana · August 28, 2014
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  • Pat A.
    it's a good idea to place twenty dollar bill in one of the books you want to check out for better service
    Pat Addams · August 21, 2014
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  • Kathy M.
    The courtyard and reading room are stunning.
    Kathy M · August 8, 2014
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  • Claire C.
    Abbey Room
    Claire Castleman · August 7, 2014
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  • Lauren P.
    Stop by the Map Room.
    Lauren Powers · July 29, 2014
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  • JuAnne N.
    Check out the maps center behind the courtyard
    JuAnne Ng · May 23, 2014
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  • Curbed
    The main branch, like the city's smaller branches, offers free WiFi, though not necessarily a place to plug in your laptop. Read more
    Curbed · March 20, 2014
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  • American M.
    No, really. You’ll find loads more activities than you would ever expect. What might not surprise you is the price: it’s all free (one of the reasons public libraries rock). Read more
    American Mensa · March 12, 2014
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  • Dan D.
    Beautiful building and architecture
    Dan DeLuca · December 21, 2013
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  • Boston Public Library
    Visit the exhibition "Made in Boston" in the library's Leventhal Map Center through March . Read more
    Boston Public Library · December 1, 2013
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  • Ethan F.
    What is with all the people falling asleep here. I thought this was a library, not a hotel.
    Ethan Fleming · November 12, 2013
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  • Magda C.
    One of the most beautiful places in Boston!
    Magda Cunha · September 21, 2013
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  • Ashly S.
    Check out the old section of the library. The second floor has some beautiful rooms and if you can find it there are usually good art shows tucked away here and there.
    Ashly Sanford · August 29, 2013
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  • Alina V.
    Have afternoon tea in the Map Room Cafe from 2-4 pm!
    Alina Vargas · August 15, 2013
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  • Bethany L.
    A great spot for a date, beautiful courtyard
    Bethany Longoria · July 7, 2013
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  • Paul
    The tour is very cool on Saturday mornings.
    Paul · June 29, 2013
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  • Leland C.
    Daily architecture tours. One hour long. Free!
    Leland Coontz · June 8, 2013
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  • Boston Public Library
    Stop in for a free, 12:30pm concert in the BPL courtyard every Friday in June, July, and August 2013. Read more
    Boston Public Library · May 22, 2013
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