We went to Boston knowing that we wanted to stop at this venerable old library that was the first of its kind in the USA. It's huge, right in the center of Boston with all those other beautiful sites at Copley Square (including the Trinity Church and the Old South Church, plus the new tall buildings), a beautiful piece of architecture, and has lots to see inside too. The Boston Public Library comes in two very large adjoining parts. The older half goes back to around 1890 and the more modern newer half to the early 1970s. If you enter make sure you see the huge reading room, the many paintings, and the enormous inner courtyard complete with fountain. A wedding couple were having their photos taken near the courtyard fountain while food was being prepared and a keg of beer was even being wheeled inside. We also saw a special library exhibit of old travel posters from the 1920s and '30s. It's definitely worth an hour of your time in Boston.