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Boston Public Library, Boston

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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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  • I did not do a tour. I just went for about 20 mins to take pictures. It’s half modern and half old architecture. I entered through the modern section and thought I’d gone to the wrong library. Then I....  more
    I did not do a tour. I just went for about 20 mins to take pictures. It’s half modern and half old architecture. I entered through the modern section and thought I’d gone to the wrong library. Then I....  more »
  • Great place to visit. Loved viewing the old reading room. The murals on the walls are quite interesting too. Now I need to look up the tale of sir Gallahad. Be sure to visit the third floor too.....  more
    Great place to visit. Loved viewing the old reading room. The murals on the walls are quite interesting too. Now I need to look up the tale of sir Gallahad. Be sure to visit the third floor too.....  more »
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  • Boston Public Library is a wonderful library with incredible resources in a beautiful old space as well as modern. The service is fantastic. Ability to request a book from any library in the system is so helpful. Today my husband went to pick up a book that I had requested online. I had been notified that it was in, but had not been able to pick the book up before the deadline. Manuel at the Circulation Desk and Carl, the driver of the van that transports the books went to great lengths to track down the book that was on its' way back to another branch. They found the book, and my husband was able to check it out. We are very impressed with their commitment to helping us. It would have been easy for them to say that we were too late, which we were.
  • Just stopped in for a quick look around. The entrance is breathtaking and the reading room on the second floor is a must see. Searched through one of the card catalogs for nostalgia’s sake (I’m probably part of the last generation that was even taught what the Dewey decimal system is). Also made sure to open a book and take a big whiff. Highly recommend.

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