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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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  • Wow!! I can’t get over the beautiful architecture and art in this place. Pictures don’t do it justice. If you are in the area it is a must see! Absolutely jaw dropping.  more »
  • It's not real "looker" from the outside, it's big and boxy, but the interiors are out of this world. You'd swear you were in a European castle or cathedral. The stairway is very grand, and they have....  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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