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About Boston Public Library

With more than 23 million items, including books, DVDs, CDs, manuscripts and maps, the Boston Public Library is one of the largest municipal library systems in the United States. The majority of its collection is held at the Central Library at Copley Square in Back Bay, but it also boasts 24 branch libraries scattered throughout the city’s neighbourhoods.

The Central Library consists of two buildings which are connected by interior walkways, with the Renaissance-style McKim building housing its research collection and the modernist Johnson Building its main circulating collection. Both are built from pink Milford granite, with the Johnson Building added in the late 1960s and named after its architect, Philip Johnson. The library offers free Wi-Fi for anyone with an enabled device and computer access for library card holders, while ebooks, music and videos are available for download as part of their digital collection. Author talks, history lectures, art exhibitions and concerts are held at the library throughout the year, with special events such as story times geared towards kids and book discussions for teens and adults. There are also English as a Second Language conversation groups held here to help new immigrants, as well as technology classes to assist people from all walks of life in accessing information. A new Children’s Library and Teen Central zone have recently been added to the second floor, as well as a dedicated community reading area. The McKim Building is home to the famous “Triumph of Religion” murals which were completed by John Singer Sargent between 1890 and 1919 and symbolised the library as a shrine to Western culture.

The Boston Public Library is just a short walk to the north of Back Bay Station, from where there are trains, subway services and bus connections across the city. It’s located adjacent to the historic Copley Square and a block from the luxury Copley Place mall, as well as being within walking distance of the Boston Public Garden.

In the mid 19th century there was a push from several individuals to unify Boston’s libraries into a single institution, with the mayor of Boston, Josiah Quincy Jr., making a significant donation to fund its establishment. A former schoolhouse on Mason Street was selected as its first home and opened on March 20, 1854, with Edward Capen, the head librarian.

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The Lenox

The Lenox
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Back Bay, Boston
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Superb, 9.2
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The Lenox provides trendy 4-star accommodation in Boston. Only a short walk from Hynes Convention Center, it offers trendy rooms equipped with free wireless internet access, a refrigerator and an iPod docking station.

Sheraton Boston Hotel

Sheraton Boston Hotel
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Back Bay, Boston
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Very Good, 8.3
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Featuring a limousine service and an indoor pool, Sheraton Boston Hotel is a luxurious place to stay in Boston. It also features a gym, a sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Taj Boston

Taj Boston
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Back Bay, Boston
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Very Good, 8.5
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This 5-star hotel provides elegant accommodation in Boston and is within walking distance of Arlington Railway Station. Featuring views of Public Garden and Boston Commons, it also offers a wide range of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a ballroom and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Midtown Hotel Boston

Midtown Hotel Boston
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Back Bay, Boston
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Good, 7.1
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Opened in 1962, Midtown Hotel Boston is located in Boston and offers a hair salon, a beauty centre and an outdoor pool. There is also a fitness centre with a swimming pool.

The Westin Copley Place Boston

The Westin Copley Place Boston
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Back Bay, Boston
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Situated a short walk from Hynes Convention Center MBTA Station, The Westin Copley Place Boston offers guests an ideal base when in Boston. It is steps from the Boston Public Library, restaurants and nightlife options.

Boston Marriott Copley Place

Boston Marriott Copley Place
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Back Bay, Boston
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Very Good, 8.3
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Situated in Boston, this 4-star property is contemporary and unique. It also offers an indoor pool, 24-hour room service and a Jacuzzi.

The Colonnade Hotel

The Colonnade Hotel
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Back Bay, Boston
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Fabulous, 8.9
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Situated in Boston, The Colonnade Hotel is within walking distance of the Boston Public Library and offers a rooftop pool. It is close to the area's tourist attractions and is minutes on foot from Hynes Convention Center MBTA Station.

Hotel 140

Hotel 140
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Back Bay, Boston
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Good, 7.9
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Located in Boston, Hotel 140 provides complimentary wireless internet and a gym. It is a stone's throw from Back Bay and is near the area's well-known attractions and dining spots.

Hilton Boston Back Bay

Hilton Boston Back Bay
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Back Bay, Boston
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Very Good, 8.0
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Situated in Boston, Hilton Boston Back Bay offers stylish, 3-star accommodation close to Newbury Street. It also features a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool and a rooftop terrace.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

Fairmont Copley Plaza
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Back Bay, Boston
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Superb, 9.0
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Located in Boston, Fairmont Copley Plaza is within a 15-minute drive of Logan International Airport and offers a rooftop terrace. It is steps from Copley Square and is close to the area's popular attractions and dining spots.

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