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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)
    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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  • Cristina C.
    Cristina CasasNovember 5
    I love it.
  • Jan K.
    Jan KrawczynskiSeptember 16
    Magnificent historic building
  • A S.
    A SAugust 4
    What a beautiful library! Come and spend some quiet time lazing in the courtyard.
  • Kendra V.
    New kids room is awesome!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 20
    Use the Copley MBTA station to reach the north side of the building.
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaMay 15
    Visitors can use the computers for free for 1 hour.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 11
    Quietest public floor I've ever experienced. Perfect!
  • Lucie B.
    Free wifi. 👍🏻
  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas H.April 29
    Been here 5+ 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 K.
    Akira KApril 29
    This place is beautiful, I love to go here to relax and read something from the library.
  • Trevor B.
    Trevor BApril 2
    Great tea in the Map Room Cafe!
  • 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.
  • Bora
    BoraFebruary 13
    Real historical library , just like museum . Even Though you don't like read you should see this place
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 15
    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
    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 Oct 3
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 12
  • Arnie T.
    Arnie TaylorJuly 12, 2015
    This library is enormous!
  • Jenny Q.
    Jenny 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
    http://www.homeworkmarket.com/content/bus642-disscussion-question
  • 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
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MAugust 8, 2014
    The courtyard and reading room are stunning.
  • Claire C.
    Claire CastlemanAugust 7, 2014
    Abbey Room
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PowersJuly 29, 2014
    Stop by the Map Room.
  • JuAnne N.
    JuAnne NgMay 23, 2014
    Check out the maps center behind the courtyard
  • Curbed
    CurbedMarch 20, 2014
    The main branch, like the city's smaller branches, offers free WiFi, though not necessarily a place to plug in your laptop. Read more
  • American M.
    American MensaMarch 12, 2014
    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
  • Dan D.
    Dan DeLucaDecember 21, 2013
    Beautiful building and architecture
  • Boston Public Library
    Boston Public LibraryDecember 1, 2013
    Visit the exhibition "Made in Boston" in the library's Leventhal Map Center through March . Read more
  • Ethan F.
    Ethan FlemingNovember 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    What is with all the people falling asleep here. I thought this was a library, not a hotel.
  • Magda C.
    Magda CunhaSeptember 21, 2013
    One of the most beautiful places in Boston!
  • Ashly S.
    Ashly SanfordAugust 29, 2013
    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.
  • Alina V.
    Alina VargasAugust 15, 2013
    Have afternoon tea in the Map Room Cafe from 2-4 pm!
  • Bethany L.
    Bethany LongoriaJuly 7, 2013
    A great spot for a date, beautiful courtyard
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