A book haven with more than 8.9 million books, Boston Public Library is the second-largest library in the United States after the Library of Congress. The library has 1.7 million rare manuscript holdings, including a handful of Shakespeare's quartos and a copy of the First Folio. Consider spending some time with a book in the McKim Building, soaking up the silence under a domed ceiling. Arrange your visit to Boston Public Library and discover more family-friendly attractions in Boston using our Boston road trip tool .
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Boston Public Library Reviews
A wonderful, quiet place to explore and just be in. Beautiful architecture and art throughout. Very close to Trinity Church as well. Highly recommend. more »
A beautiful building on Copley Square. It's well worth a visit to see the massive and ornate main reading room - I doubt there's many like it anywhere. Nice courtyard too. Probably about a 15 - 20 min... more »
One of the most beautiful libraries I have ever been in. The facilities are amazing, and the study rooms are spacious and well appointed. A great place for studying, or just walking through to enjoy the murals, paintings, and architecture. Definitely a must for every bibliophile.
It has really changed since my high school days and I like it. The amenities are nice, although it does make finding books more difficult. But it is a nicer place to hang out and do homework. There are a few homeless people fighting. But the architecture is also amazing.
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