A Quick Visit To The Boston Public Library


I think I am in love.  With a library.  That is acceptable, isn't it?  I was in Boston yesterday and I popped into the library and now I want to move there.  To clarify, I want to move to the library.  Do you think anyone would care if I just took up residence in the reading room?  It is big enough that if I just moved from room to room I could probably evade discovery for days on end.  Oh, that reminds me of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. There is another book I need to get for my daughter.  Anyway, the library is gorgeous.  I only had about 20 minutes to run through it (I will be back)  and it was too dark to take any pictures of the courtyard (it has a courtyard!  I love courtyards!) but I still fell in love.



Look at those ceilings and the chandelier!  And the lions.  I love the lions.  I did feel like I should be wearing an elegant gown while walking down those stairs.  I can't say my local library makes me feel that way.




I kept thinking about the quote that says "I have always imagined that paradise is a kind of library." The Boston Public Library is magical and wonderful and paradisiacal. I will have to go back with my good camera and some time to spend wandering.  I am sure there will be another post about it when I do.  There is a Shakespeare exhibit going on that I would like to visit so hopefully that will be soon. There is also a book store in Boston that I have been wanting to visit.  I do love Boston.

What libraries have impressed you?  

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  1. to be in love with a library is totally acceptable:) the library in Vienna, a part of Hofburg was very impressive:)

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    1. I've been to Vienna but it was ages ago and I never made it to the library. I'll add it to my endless list of places I would like to travel to!

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  2. Amazing. These regal libraries are so impressive! I once visited the Fifth Avenue library in NYC. Similar vibe.

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    1. They are regal, aren't they. I still need to make it to the NYC library. Several people have suggested it lately.

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  3. I must visit the Boston Library! I still have never been. Maybe we could meet up sometime. :)

    I did a post about "My Life in Libraries some time ago, that was a fun way to revisit some of my favorite spots: https://emeraldcitybookreview.com/2014/07/my-life-in-libraries.html

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    1. How far from Boston are you? I enjoyed your post about your life in libraries. What a fun idea! The one in Northampton is beautiful.

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    2. I'm 90 minutes away, so it's possible to go in when I have a day off work. I also want to go to the William Merritt Chase exhibition at the MFA, have you been to that?

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    3. No, I haven't been. I went to the MFA with a friend a year or so ago. There is just so much to do in Boston.

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  4. A quick trip? Really. When I was visiting Boston in 2007, I think I made 4 visits, one for a tour, and several to visit the miniature books exhibition on the top floor. Yes, it was love, all right.

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    1. Unfortunately, I only had time for a very quick visit. I was working in the city for the day and ran in on my break. I definitely want to return when I have more time to appreciate the whole experience. It sounds like you had a wonderful time on your visit.

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  5. Merciful Zeus, now that is a library. Wow. I've been to Boston quite a few times, though really it was more Cambridge than Boston most of the time because my brother was at school there -- I wish I'd known about this library, because I would have made him take me there. Divine.

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