Boston Public Library

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 11 publications
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11 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

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.


Fodor's Tick Choice

This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature and a valuable research library. Full review →


Frommer's 35

The central branch of the city's library system is an architectural and intellectual monument. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Dating from 1852, the esteemed Boston Public Library lends credence to Boston’s reputation as the ‘Athens of America.’. Full review →


Michelin Guide 54

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.

Not For Tourists

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 →


On the Grid

Beautiful Italianate courtyard in the BPL’s historic McKim building, the Courtyard Restaurant is steeped in history Full review →


Time Out

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 →


Travel + Leisure

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 →

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