Boston Public Library, Boston

4.8
Library · Traveler Resource
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.
Create an itinerary including Boston Public Library
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Boston Public Library reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
3,970 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We stopped in on the way to Fenway and it was a nice break. The reading rooms are beautiful and the art gallery was a surprising find, with good description cards of the pictures for a quick...  more »
  • This is a marvelous institution. It's a great library, a great place to sit and use the wifi, and a gorgeous piece of architecture. They did a great job when they built this temple to learning.  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Boston

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Boston

See all ›
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Boston

See all ›
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Boston

4.7
Duration: 4 hours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Boston

4.4
Duration: 1 hour
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Boston

See all ›
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
3.9
Duration: 30 minutes
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Nearby attractions in Boston

4.7
Duration: 3 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min