Boston Public Library

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Imagine my delight on a recent visit to Boston MA when I found that our hotel was just round the corner from Boston Public Library! Paying a visit was by no means an eccentric “busman’s holiday” as it is a tourist destination in its own right. It actually reminded me a lot of Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, in that it consisted of a historic building with a 1970s building connected at the back – however, the grandeur has been seriously notched up in Boston.

The original McKim Building (above) was opened in 1895. It is built round a beautiful courtyard:

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It has twin lions of unpolished Siena marble on the main staircase and magnificent murals:

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Bates Hall, the main reference reading hall, is a joy to behold:

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The new building just looks like any large lending library inside. Here it is outside – the yellow paint on the road is the finishing line for the Boston Marathon and some of the surrounding shops were damaged in this year’s bombing:

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The library also has a café and a separate restaurant near the courtyard and is well prepared for tourists with maps and information leaflets available. Well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Boston.

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Anabel Marsh

I'm a proud Glaswegian who loves to go gallivanting both at home and abroad. Join me in my travels, both historic and current. Credit where credit's due: photography mostly by my more talented other half, John.

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