Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St (at Dartmouth St), Boston, MA 02116, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Tue, Thu
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
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Explore the Boston Public Library. Learn about exhibitions, author talks, and other special programs. Reserve your books online; download eBooks, audiobooks, and music; and enjoy our stunning collection of images on Flickr. Free to all. And, while you are here, be sure to leave tip... (See all)

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  • mckim building
  • architecture
  • map room cafe
  • leventhal map center
  • quiet
  • courtyard
  • free Wifi
  • concerts
  • afternoon tea
  • hidden gem
  • biking
  • exhibits
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  • YE JI L.

    도서관이 짱 멋짐!!

    YE JI Lee · 1 week ago
  • Parul B.

    Stunning library and great place to study but wifi is slow

    Parul Batra · 1 week ago
  • Dimitar V.

    Best place to read, work or study

    Dimitar Vouldjeff · February 15
  • Paige C.

    Great place to people watch and read on a cold day.

    Paige Coté · January 30
  • Munira

    Great place to study

    Munira · September 28, 2014
  • 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
  • Raphael Armand

    Oh man every library must be like this one!

    Raphael Armand · August 31, 2014
  • Daryana

    Free wifi, nice fountain, a good place to relax after having a long working or walking day;)

    Daryana · August 28, 2014
  • 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
  • Kathy M.

    The courtyard and reading room are stunning.

    Kathy M · August 8, 2014
  • Claire C.

    Abbey Room

    Claire Castleman · August 7, 2014
  • Lauren P.

    Stop by the Map Room.

    Lauren Powers · July 29, 2014
  • JuAnne N.

    Check out the maps center behind the courtyard

    JuAnne Ng · May 23, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dan D.

    Beautiful building and architecture

    Dan DeLuca · December 21, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Magda C.

    One of the most beautiful places in Boston!

    Magda Cunha · September 21, 2013
  • DigBoston

    The BPL has an extravagant collection of great music and DVDs. It also is a peaceful place to get quality work done. PS Free Wi-Fi! Featured in the Dig's #StudentGuide to Boston's Arts + Entertainment Read more

    DigBoston · September 16, 2013
  • 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
  • Alina V.

    Have afternoon tea in the Map Room Cafe from 2-4 pm!

    Alina Vargas · August 15, 2013
  • Bethany L.

    A great spot for a date, beautiful courtyard

    Bethany Longoria · July 7, 2013
  • Paul

    The tour is very cool on Saturday mornings.

    Paul · June 29, 2013
  • Leland C.

    Daily architecture tours. One hour long. Free!

    Leland Coontz · June 8, 2013
  • 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
  • 👸Cindyrella

    Even the restrooms are pretty.

    👸Cindyrella · April 29, 2013
  • Laurie C.

    I'm a student Journalist and if anyone would like to talk about today's tragedy you can call or text me at (920) 550-1779. Praying for you all.

    Laurie Caebe · April 16, 2013
  • Heidi N.

    Do NOT, whatever you do, take the old elevator to the mezzanine!!

    Heidi Nickal · April 2, 2013
  • Elina V.

    Perfect place to sit down indoors for free if you're a tourist who insists on walking everywhere!

    Elina Vanne · April 1, 2013
  • Jake S.

    Check out one of the rotating exhibits, they're very interesting and change often.

    Jake Smith · March 28, 2013
  • Tiffany P.

    Gorgeous place and the Courtyard Restaurant is top knotch!

    Tiffany Probasco · March 21, 2013
  • Joe D.

    Be careful about bringing books in from other libraries. They occasionally set off the "unchecked book" alarms.

    Joe Diaz · March 21, 2013
  • Traci H.

    The library has regular book sales. The books are in Great condition and very reasonable prices

    Traci Hamersen · February 8, 2013
  • Boston University Panhellenic Council

    "The Boston Public Library is a great place to get away from the finals crowd when Mugar gets loud and crowded." - Arden, VP Chapter Development

  • Staci M.

    If you visit on a weekend when most schools are having finals, dont expect to find a seat to study/read anywhere in the McKim building.

    Staci Morrison · December 15, 2012
  • Alida Rose

    Kinda like Hogwarts.

    Alida Rose · November 22, 2012
  • Rachel T.

    Every time I visit this place I fall in love with it all over again.

    Rachel Tanenhaus · November 5, 2012
  • St. Martin's Press

    Meet New York Times bestselling author Archer Mayor on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM as he reads from his new mystery novel Paradise City, from the Joe Gunther series. Read more

    St. Martin's Press · October 4, 2012
  • Jamila W.

    Watch out for the mice!

    Jamila Wilson · September 19, 2012
  • JP

    bring a camera, it's a great place to snap some pictures!

    JP · August 29, 2012
  • Tor/Forge

    Meet Emmy Award-winning journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM as she reads from her new mystery novel The Other Woman, also with Hallie Ephron and Archer Mayor. Read more

    Tor/Forge · August 23, 2012
  • Shermans Travel

    Offers a fascinating (and free) architecture and art tour of its historic 1895 McKim Building (Sun. at 2 p.m., Mon. at 2:30 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. at 6 p.m., and Fri.–Sat. at 11 a.m.). Read more

    Shermans Travel · August 9, 2012
  • Deepak R.

    Go to the courtyard. It's amazing!!!

    Deepak Ramchandani Vensi · August 5, 2012
  • Alex Z.

    Grab a seat anywhere and enjoy this oasis. Concerts during lunch hour on Fridays in the summer.

    Alex Zinn · August 2, 2012
  • Jessie D.

    Bring your lunch to the Courtyard!

    Jessie D · August 2, 2012
  • Tor/Forge

    Meet William Martin on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM as he reads from his new historical novel The Lincoln Letter. Read more

    Tor/Forge · August 1, 2012
  • Toph T.

    Bathroom hand dryers are about as strong as my exhalation, and paper towels are inconsistently stocked. Think twice before doing anything that might get your hands wet!

    Toph Tucker · July 5, 2012
  • Celia F.

    The McKim Building courtyard and Bates Hall are two of my favorite spots in Boston. Beautiful, inspiring, and FREE. #gooduseoftaxdollars

    Celia Fabulous · June 27, 2012
  • BU Today

    Visit the BPL for its special summer exhibition, Forgotten Chapters of Boston’s Literary History (focusing on literary life between the Revolution and the Civil War), running through July 30. Read more

    BU Today · June 15, 2012

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