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A lovely find for a lover of literature and libraries full of old charm. Full review →
The Boston Public Library is a destination in itself, and not just for bookworms.
This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature and a valuable research library. Full review →
The central branch of the city's library system is an architectural and intellectual monument. Full review →
Dating from 1852, the esteemed Boston Public Library lends credence to Boston’s reputation as the ‘Athens of America.’. Full review →
The first in the country to lend books. Full review →Before you enter, admire the granite facade's wrought-iron lanterns, relief panels... the inside is even more elaborate.
People need at least one place where they can be their most effective, motivated and focused. Sometimes it's their home, a coffee shop, the back corner of a bookstore, a random park... Full review →
Beautiful Italianate courtyard in the BPL’s historic McKim building, the Courtyard Restaurant is steeped in history Full review →
The original structure, designed by Charles McKim and completed in 1895, is now the research library, while an extension opened in 1972 to function as a general library. Full review →
This central branch at Copley Square is home to the magnificent Bates Hall reading room, the most architecturally revered and historically significant room at America’s first public library. Full review →
America’s first municipally-funded public library houses millions of books, manuscripts, music scores and art and boasts a scenic courtyard, events, readings and exhibits Full review →