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Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
+1 617-536-5400
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On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“copley square” (178 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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+1 617-536-5400
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a beautiful place to read, relax and study. Don't forget to visit the Leventhal map center to view some amazing maps

Thank Christy S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Whatever you are interested in, one can get something out of visiting this place. Built in the age of grand city planning, the building establishes the presence of Boston as a metropolitan city, and the depth and breadth of its intellectual citizens, and the creative...More

Thank YFSA2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

As a born and bred Bostonian, the Copley library to me is just that, the Copley library. As a teenager this was one of my many go to public bathroom spots. I would also go here to jump on the computer, in the time before...More

Thank Dolores Anna C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you are in Boston, this is a must! The architecture is amazing as well as the art. The library also has free tours. They have a small cafe and a tea room. The outside patio is great for relaxing or eating. Definitely worth a...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed every minute of our afternoon tea at the Boston Public library. The tea was in the cafe near the center courtyard. The menu was in a book...a BOOK! We wore dresses but there were many parties dressed more casually with shorts, nice shirt....More

Thank LoveStarbucks
Reviewed 6 days ago

We recently participated at a family wedding at the Boston Public Library. The space was beautiful, especially the courtyard where the ceremony was held, the BPL event staff were great and paid close attention to detail and the reception and dinner after the wedding, catered...More

Thank LanSluderBelize
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It appears to take up a full city block. Very modern facade full of glass. The size is stunning. The archives must be incredible.

Thank McFerrid
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's layout is a bit confusing but gosh, it's a gorgeous place. Their cafe is neat to chill in for a while and probably has what you want food or drink wise. The library as a whole gave us real beauty and the beast vibes....More

Thank jtompiech
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a place to visit. The marble staircase and interior are gorgeous. Not a place we would have considered but it was suggested on the Duck Tour and we were so glad it was.

Thank D R
Reviewed 1 week ago

it is so pefectly organized i really enjoy to spend time in this place on the old library there is a cafe with an amazing service of small cakes

Thank Brilliance2015
Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the
heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and
the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable
skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock
Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit
Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques
– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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Response from morsequay | Reviewed this property |
We walked via the Boston Common and called for a beer at the bar where "Cheers" was filmed.