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This central branch at Copley Square is home to the magnificent Bates Hall reading room, the most architecturally revered and historically significant room at America’s first public library. Before you leave, don’t miss a quiet moment in the courtyard before heading to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, where you can peruse the vast collection of maps and nautical charts, including some of the earliest ever printed from 1482.

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Boston Public Library

This central branch at Copley Square is home to the magnificent Bates Hall reading room, the most architecturally revered and historically significant room at America’s first public library. Before you leave, don’t miss a quiet moment in the courtyard before heading to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, where you can peruse the vast collection of maps and nautical charts, including some of the earliest ever printed from 1482.