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Boston Public Library

Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 USA

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“first large library open to the public in the US”

The Boston Public Library (est.1848) is a municipal public library system in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in the United States, the first large library open to the public in the United States, and the first public library to allow people to borrow books and other materials and take them home to read and use. The Boston Public Library is also the library of last recourse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; all adult residents of the commonwealth are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding. The Boston Public Library contains 8.9 million books and A/V (approximately 24 million items encompassing all formats), making it the second-largest public library in the United States, according to the American Library Association.In fiscal year 2009, the city of Boston spent 1% ($23,253,996) of its budget on the library – some $36 per person.

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Reviewed by
Meghan Espey

  • 7 Reviews
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December 19, 2019
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous library-- felt like a museum! It was pretty crowded and full of students, so hard to find a place to sit and chill if you're looking to stay for awhile.

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Natalie Akers

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May 20, 2015
Rated 5.0

I love this place! Epic proportions with warn in stairs and green felt barricades. The whole nine-yards. In the summer, they even open up a little outdoor space surrounded by a courtyard. Enter from Copley Square for the historic rooms and the full effect. If you're looking for the more communal space with colassal computer rooms head back on Boylston. That also marks the Marathon finish line (which is now a tribute). Wrote my entire "thesis" hear without even having a breakdown...that's how good the vibes are.

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Boston Public Library

Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts
02116 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Mon - Thu: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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