Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Boston Public Library

If you are ever in Boston and get the chance to visit the Boston Public Library please do so, you won't be disappointed.   While we were in town attending the New England Dessert Showcase,  we took the opportunity to take the short walk to the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth in Copley Square where the historic Boston Public Library sits.

This grand historic library is very much a library of firsts.  The Boston Public Library was the first publicly supported municipal library, the first library open to the public, and the first to let the public borrow books.

The photo taken above shows a closer look  at the lights of the outside entrance. Aren't they unusual looking?   Bottom photo is of the main  inside entrance viewed from the front stairs looking down.

This regal lion seems as though he is guarding the marble stairs to the reading rooms above or  perhaps he is keeping watch over the 1.7 million rare books and manuscripts housed here. 
Gazing down the middle aisle of the reading room gave me the shivers. So beautiful, I wish my amateur  photography had captured the reading rooms true beauty.  Look at all the green lamps  glowing.

Here is a  closer view of the photo on my sidebar of the
statue in the courtyard.  She has such a look of pure joy on her face. 

What a treat it would be to spend a leisurely afternoon in the warm fall sun sitting in the courtyard with a cup of steamy coffee and a good book.  Simple pleasures. 


  1. The BPL is a favorite spot! Of course, I do like library's! Lovely post ~ as usual!

  2. Great tour of the Boston Library. Thanks for taking me along! Couldn't find your e-mail address. Just wanted to say thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting. I always appreciate hearing from you. Sincerely, Susan

  3. I am not much of a reader, but oh that library could turn me into a bookworm! Your photos are wonderful and make me want to visit this gorgeous library next time I'm in Boston!

    Kat :)

  4. I love the BPL. I went there last Fall for tea. It was the day Obama was in town, oh the traffic!

    Love those lanterns which I call Edward Scissorhands.

  5. Wow! What an impressive building. Thankyou for stopping by my blog and commenting.Your Bella looks such a sweety.I need to see more of her! :o)

  6. I LOVE that building! I think I was in it once many, many moons ago on a school field trip. Looks like we'll have to go there again!

  7. I love Boston but have missed the library all these years. thank you for your comment on my blog. do not be dissappointed by my try on making fudge. Everyone loves it and I will make it again.

  8. I have been to Boston many times and yet have never thought about visiting the library. Thank you for taking us on a very interesting tour. I will put it on my to do list the next time I visit the city.

  9. That is some kind of library. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog today and commenting. Hope you come back to visit often. Sincerely, Susan

  11. Thanks for your comments about my country ... we feel exactly the same about yours! We can travel easily around Europe, but it would be a major expense for us to go to the US. But when we do, maybe when we retire, New England is first on my list especially in the Autumn.
    Meanwhile I'll have your photos!
    Love Kathy xxx

  12. What a cool library. Thanks for popping in. Just added to follow you and your journey.

  13. Libraries are my FAVORITE place to visit.
    I would love to visit a library of that size and stature.

    Thank you for your visits to my blog-

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