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The library was founded in 1848 by an act of the Massachusetts legislature and first opened in 1854 in a former schoolhouse located on Mason Street. It moved here to its current building in 1895.
Bates Hall is named for the Library’s first great benefactor - Joshua Bates (1788-1864). It is 218 long, 42 feet wide, and 50 feet high, to the crown of its barrel vaulted ceiling.
Go to the fountain open area in the library and check out the marble sculptures and the art galleries in the library.
Bates Hall is 218 long, 42 feet wide, and 50 feet high, to the crown of its barrel vaulted ceiling.
Take time and walk the halls of BPL. You'll observe the patrons sitting/reading/internetting inside the Bates Hall. Gander through the current exhibit in the lobby and enjoy the fine architecture.
Check out the old section. It's some of the best architecture in the city.
Check the Boylston Street side of the BPL for new food trucks starting in mid-July.
6/2010 - Check out the cool vintage travel posters exhibit.
This magnificent reading room is named for the Boston Public Library’s first great benefactor -- Joshua Bates (1788-1864).
There are now four self check-out stations in the library -- three at the Boylston Street entrance and one at the Dartmouth Street entrance. Use self check-out for everything except DVDs and videotape
Stop in and see the stunning Sargent Murals on the third floor of the McKim Building, the one that faces Dartmouth Street.
The BPL's Central Library in Copley Square is host to a Hubway station. You can borrow a book and a bike here in Copley Square.
because I just can't bring myself to buy a book when there are 1000s of free ones across the street from work.
Check out one of the rotating exhibits, they're very interesting and change often.
Grab a seat anywhere and enjoy this oasis. Concerts during lunch hour on Fridays in the summer.
The Boston Public Library was the first to have a children's room. Grab your kids and come check it out.
The courtyard at the BPL is a great place to get work done!
Did you know? All Boston Public Library locations are free, wireless hotspots.
The exquisite original McKim, Mead and White building received a modernist, referential extension by Phillip Johnson, architect of the famed Glass House and chippendale Sony Center in NYC.
Be sure to finish up your food and drink before you enter the library or make sure you make it obvious to the security guard you're headed for the Courtyard...serious people them folk are.
The courtyard is a hidden oasis in the middle of the city.
Lots of homeless people. Nice study spot otherwise.
The Courtyard Restaurant does a delicious lunch.
There are two free exhibitions in the BPL's Leventhal Map Center open thru March 12 -- "Treasures" and "Unconventional Maps." Stop in any time the library is open.
Take a picture of a book in the library and tweet it to us (@allengerritsen) to win a prize!
Amazing string player in the courtyard so peaceful. Beautiful day to do work.
One of the most beautiful places in Boston!
A great spot for a date, beautiful courtyard
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.
Watch out for the mice!
Stop in to see two new exhibitions: "From Pen to Print" in the Rare Books Lobby and "American Master Prints 1900-1960" in the Wiggin Gallery. Always free to all.