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Boston Public Library

Back Bay East, Boston
  • Celia F.
    "McKim Building courtyard and Bates Hall"(7 Tips)
    "The reading room upstairs is a must see."(6 Tips)
    Boston Public Library
    "architecture tours of the library"(5 Tips)
    Tiffany P.
    "Gorgeous place and the Courtyard Restaurant is top knotch!"(4 Tips)
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  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅October 30, 2017
    This marvelous public is adapted to 21 century. People come here to read and study. Don’t miss visiting the Abbey room and Bates Hall.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Al Shaima A.
    Al Shaima Al MadaniOctober 28, 2017
    Stunning architecture 😍
  • Chelcie R.
    Chelcie RowellOctober 20, 2017
    The murals! The muses, the quest of the holy grail, John Singer Sargent’s Triumph of Religion
  • Desirée G.
    Desirée GouldOctober 18, 2017
    Best public library ever? Make sure to head on over to the old building - it’s what libraries are all about.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonSeptember 22, 2017
    Nice space to work- solid wifi
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJune 25, 2017
    Incredibly gorgeous library. Wow! Take time to explore all of this place.
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NixonJune 19, 2017
    Visit bates hall, beautiful
  • Elleen
    ElleenMay 24, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    sit near the middle of the building or the old side if you need to use the wifi - near the windows of the renovated areas gets extremely slow
  • Bader A.
    Bader AljarbouMay 21, 2017
    Large selection of books, and large comfortable spaces. Great for reading & studying.
  • Rorriz_ D.
    Rorriz_ DhawiMarch 27, 2017
    Best library especially kids section👼🏼. sometimes they have afternoon Tea with delicious scones☕️
  • Dan F.
    Dan FareseMarch 11, 2017
    Take the feee tour. Donate. Soak in some history!
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJanuary 1, 2017
    Everyone raves about the McKim building, but don't forget to spread the love to the Johnson building, especially with the renovation by William Rawn. Great for all architecture buffs.
  • Lee E.
    Lee EddyDecember 10, 2016
    Great place for a quick stop in cafe get warm and head out or studies
  • Cristina C.
    Cristina CasasNovember 5, 2016
    I love it.
  • Jan K.
    Jan K.September 16, 2016
    Magnificent historic building
  • A S.
    A SAugust 4, 2016
    What a beautiful library! Come and spend some quiet time lazing in the courtyard.
  • Kendra V.
    Kendra ValentineMay 25, 2016
    New kids room is awesome!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 20, 2016
    Use the Copley MBTA station to reach the north side of the building.
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaMay 15, 2016
    Visitors can use the computers for free for 1 hour.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 11, 2016
    Quietest public floor I've ever experienced. Perfect!
  • Lucie B.
    Lucie BergerovaMay 10, 2016
    Free wifi. 👍🏻
  • Nicholas
    NicholasApril 29, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Highly-trafficked, but with ample study space in various formats. Bates Hall is the gorgeous reading room, but the older rooms also charm.
  • Akira
    AkiraApril 29, 2016
    This place is beautiful, I love to go here to relax and read something from the library.
  • Trevor B.
    Trevor BApril 2, 2016
    Great tea in the Map Room Cafe!
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HatfieldMarch 22, 2016
    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.
  • Bora
    BoraFebruary 13, 2016
    Real historical library , just like museum . Even Though you don't like read you should see this place
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 15, 2016
    I finally made it. This is THE library of all libraries, it seems. I'm jealous of you, Bostonians. I'd never leave.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    Magnificent facade and exquisite interior art.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ApriscoDecember 29, 2015
    Incredible place . Past and future mixed by the book.
  • Joshua
    JoshuaNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ting
    TingOctober 8, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted Nov 7, 2017
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.September 20, 2015
    Great for studying ... and taking naps! ;)
  • Ting
    TingJuly 30, 2015
    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.
  • Arnie T.
    Arnie TaylorJuly 12, 2015
    This library is enormous!
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QJuly 11, 2015
    A work of art. Map room, courtyard, and various art galleries
  • Ethan M.
    Ethan MacDonaldJuly 5, 2015
    Reading books is fun. I love the old world architecture. It really brings out the scholar in me.
  • vsync
    vsyncJune 26, 2015
    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.
  • Candid Cuisine
    Candid CuisineJune 25, 2015
    One of the most beautiful libraries in the US
  • Gary Alexander I.
    Outstanding building
  • sidra s.
    sidra sidMay 2, 2015
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikApril 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the new Teen Center
  • CNN
    CNNApril 13, 2015
    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
  • Parul B.
    Parul BatraMarch 22, 2015
    Stunning library and great place to study but wifi is slow
  • Dmtr
    DmtrFebruary 15, 2015
    Best place to read, work or study
  • Paige C.
    Paige CotéJanuary 30, 2015
    Great place to people watch and read on a cold day.
  • Munira
    MuniraSeptember 28, 2014
    Great place to study
  • Marcus F.
    Marcus FryerSeptember 27, 2014
    Nice place to sit and study. WiFi leaves a little to be desired. Get a library card to get on the Internet.
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandAugust 31, 2014
    Oh man every library must be like this one!
  • Daryana
    DaryanaAugust 28, 2014
    Free wifi, nice fountain, a good place to relax after having a long working or walking day;)
  • Pat A.
    Pat AddamsAugust 21, 2014
    it's a good idea to place twenty dollar bill in one of the books you want to check out for better service
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