Boston Public Library

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This century-old Italianate structure of bronze doors and grand marble staircases, Boston Public Library was the first free municipal library in the nation. The library's first building on Mason street was a former schoolhouse, which opened in 1854. Having received an authorized decision, the library's then commissioners located a new building for the library on Boylston street. Thus, the Copley Square location became home to the library in 1895. Expanding the Copley Square location in 1972, McKim building was constructed. In this National Historic Landmark, you can find collections of maps and prints, rare books and manuscripts and fine mural series. The Boston Public Library offers daily tours highlighting famed central library buildings and art works within, like the ones by John Singer Sargent.

Location:  700 Boylston Street, Copley Square

Business hours:  Mo-Th 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Fr-Sa 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Su 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.