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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"(7 Tips)
    Joshua
    "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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  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandAugust 31, 2014
    Oh man every library must be like this one!
  • Gary Alexander I.
    Outstanding building
  • Credo Reference
    Credo ReferenceAugust 9, 2011
    Look at all the great art and architecture (like on BPL's Art and Architecture Tour), but also look for cool books! Favorite finds include Outwitting Bears, a guide on outwitting bears.
  • Boston Public Library
    Boston Public LibraryOctober 11, 2011
    Bates Hall is 218 long, 42 feet wide, and 50 feet high, to the crown of its barrel vaulted ceiling.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressOctober 4, 2012
    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
  • The Next Great Generation (Boston)
    If studying is your objective, grab a seat in the McKim Building and join the other students furiously typing papers on their laptops or reading woolly mammoth-sized test prep books. Read more
  • Frank T.
    Frank ThompsonMarch 10, 2010
    Have coffee at the Map Room cafe and sit in the courtyard on one of these nice Spring days. You can even work there since they have pervasive wireless. Kinda like going to Florence, Italy. Read more
  • Magda C.
    Magda CunhaSeptember 21, 2013
    One of the most beautiful places in Boston!
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.September 20, 2015
    Great for studying ... and taking naps! ;)
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeAugust 1, 2012
    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
  • Eileen C.
    Eileen ChamNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    don't sit on the floors... :D
  • Arnie T.
    Arnie TaylorJuly 12, 2015
    This library is enormous!
  • Jiahao C.
    Jiahao ChenMay 27, 2011
    The third floor is the least visited but the most interesting. The rotating exhibits in the rare books collection are worth the visit.
  • sidra s.
    sidra sidMay 2, 2015
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  • AllenGerritsen
    AllenGerritsenFebruary 9, 2011
    Take a picture of a book in the library and tweet it to us (@allengerritsen) to win a prize!
  • DawnLH
    DawnLHOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    10/09...the library is closed unsure why but there is a guard inside. tomorrow is Colombus day and there are signs that they will not be open then?
  • Fiat V.
    Fiat VDecember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Jessie D.
    Jessie DAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your lunch to the Courtyard!
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeAugust 23, 2012
    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
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikApril 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the new Teen Center
  • Boston Public Library
    If you live in the state of Massachusetts, you can have a Boston Public Library card. Why not stop in today to sign up? Read more
  • NYC E.
    NYC EcloguesSeptember 25, 2011
    An amazing location, in the heart of Boston that is incredibly free.Stroll down this marble infused building and enjoy the scent of aged pages. There is nothing like the feel of worn paper.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 28, 2013
    Check out one of the rotating exhibits, they're very interesting and change often.
  • Ethan M.
    Ethan MacDonaldJuly 5, 2015
    Reading books is fun. I love the old world architecture. It really brings out the scholar in me.
  • Deepak R.
    Go to the courtyard. It's amazing!!!
  • Sean L.
    Sean LaurenceMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check their event calendar for free films, interesting talks, etc: http://www.bpl.org/news/calendar.htm
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha StaffordFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the new Norman Leventhal Map Center
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZinnAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Grab a seat anywhere and enjoy this oasis. Concerts during lunch hour on Fridays in the summer.
  • Boston Public Library
    Boston Public LibraryFebruary 13, 2012
    Stop in and see the stunning Sargent Murals on the third floor of the McKim Building, the one that faces Dartmouth Street.
  • Beth G.
    Beth GallawayJanuary 14, 2010
    Take a free tour - the building's architecture is beautiful Read more
  • FutureM
    FutureMAugust 8, 2011
    Containing more than 8.9 million books and related items, the Boston Public Library is the second largest library in the United States.
  • Paul
    PaulJune 29, 2013
    The tour is very cool on Saturday mornings.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PettigrewMay 17, 2010
    Get married in the Courtyard.
  • Boston Public Library
    Check the Boylston Street side of the BPL for new food trucks starting in mid-July.
  • Boston Public Library
    Boston Public LibraryOctober 11, 2011
    This magnificent reading room is named for the Boston Public Library’s first great benefactor -- Joshua Bates (1788-1864).
  • Boston Public Library
    Free art & architecture tours are offered at the Central Library in Copley Square four times each week. They last about an hour. Read more
  • Lee E.
    Lee EddyDecember 10, 2016
    Great place for a quick stop in cafe get warm and head out or studies
  • Boston Public Library
    Boston Public LibraryFebruary 10, 2012
    Did you know? All Boston Public Library locations are free, wireless hotspots.
  • Munira
    MuniraSeptember 28, 2014
    Great place to study
  • Boston Public Library
    Boston Public LibraryFebruary 1, 2012
    Author, author! Check out the list of authors coming to the BPL for free author talks. Read more
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MAugust 8, 2014
    The courtyard and reading room are stunning.
  • Boston Public Library
    Boston Public LibraryAugust 16, 2011
    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.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CotéJanuary 30, 2015
    Great place to people watch and read on a cold day.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 11, 2016
    Quietest public floor I've ever experienced. Perfect!
  • Boston Public Library
    Founded in 1848, by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. Read more
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan Nixon6 days ago
    Visit bates hall, beautiful
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    Magnificent facade and exquisite interior art.
  • 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
  • A S.
    A SAugust 4, 2016
    What a beautiful library! Come and spend some quiet time lazing in the courtyard.
  • 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.
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