Founded in 1848, by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. The Boston Public Library’s first building of its own was a former schoolhouse located on Mason Street that was opened to the public on March 20, 1854.
Over 2.2 million patrons visit the BPL each year, many in pursuit of research material, others looking for an afternoon’s reading, still others for the magnificent and unique art and architecture
The Volunteer Office of the Library offers tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour and are given by volunteer guides.
General Library & Research Library:
Friday and Saturday 9-5
Sunday 1-5 (October – May)