Monday, March 27, 2017

Travel: Boston Public Library

The facade of this Charles Follen McKim building
is impressive 

Located at the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth streets in Boston’s Back Bay, the Boston Public Library is one of the largest in the United States. Because it serves both the city and state, any Massachusetts resident may borrow pieces that include books (hard copy and ebooks), DVDs, CDs and audiobooks.  Founded in 1854, and moving to its current location in 1858, this institution currently has more than 23 million items.

Though touring a library doesn’t sound like the most exciting outing, this repository is unique in its architecture and contains some outstanding artwork. A one-hour art and architecture tour given by knowledgeable docents is available daily (click here for the schedule). If you have some spare time and would like to be awed, I recommend this free tour.

One of the two lions flanking the main staircase

The reading room is beautiful

In nicer weather, the courtyard is often host to events

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