Boston Public Library
Within its collection of 23 million items, the library boasts a wealth of rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints. Among its large collections, the BPL holds several first edition folios by William Shakespeare, original music scores from Mozart to Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf;" and, in its rare book collection, the personal library of John Adams. Throughout the year, the Boston Public Library hosts exhibitions that offer the public an opportunity to view books and documents usually available only to research scholars.
Today, the Boston Public Library system includes a Central Library, twenty-four branches, a map center, a business library, and a website filled with digital content. Last year, 3.7 million people visited the Boston Public Library system, many in pursuit of research material, others looking for an afternoon's reading or the use of the computer or to attend a class, still others for the magnificent and unique art and architecture of many library locations. There were 7.9 million visits to the library's website and 3.7 million books and audiovisual items borrowed or downloaded.
The library itself is beautiful both inside and out. They also have farmers markets in front of the main entrance which is cool. The cafes are also convenient, but they have very odd hours, particularly the Map cafe which was closed on a Sunday. A really cool place to visit with family and friends, would recommend to anyone looking for a fun time in Boston!
This place is amazing for both, studying and visiting. It has many areas you can walk in with an amazing yard with a fountain in the first floor. It combines the vintage style (more visited for tourists) and the modern style (for people who want a quieter place to read). It's my fave spot to study. Totally love it!
Great place to be for all ages, but I especially enjoy their children's library in the new wing, which offers a spacious area for younger kids. In most mornings you will find an army of strollers parked in the center of the library and many children happily exploring the space, toys, books or eating a snack. Thanks Boston Public Library for making it so kid-friendly and making books so accessible to children and their families.
Staff is very nice and helpful! They do a lot more than they're paid for! :) love being in this place.
Beautiful place! Love going on weekends to get work done. I recommend you arrive early to get a good seat/desk.