I know that not everyone considers a visit to a library as part of the highlights of their vacation, but I do. If I can visit a local library, I always make time to do so. I enjoy seeing how other parts of the country present their collections to their patrons, and I also like to stop and chat with the library staff when I can. As I was looking at a Boston map to see what was near the hotel where my husband and I were staying, lo and behold, the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library. Yahoo!
I spent most of a morning walking around that library and taking pictures of some of the beautiful sculptures, murals, and other architectural features that caught my eye. There are two buildings, one filled with art and murals, the other much more modern (built in the 1970's and recently updated, according to the librarians I spoke with). See what you think. The library offers art and architecture tours frequently, but I just wandered around at will.
The first pictures are of the older section of the library, ending with a shot of the courtyard between the two buildings.
The following pictures are of the 'new' side of the BPL. The second picture is a sculpture on the wall as you enter from the old building to the new. It's made out of books! I also was quite fond of the staircase with 'the plot thickens' on the stairs!
Yes, I think I could definitely spend a day or a week in this great library! There's also several coffee shops and all kinds of other amenities for library patrons or passing visitors.