Since 1958 the American Library Association has sponsored National Library Week and this year’s theme is “Libraries Transform“. With the wealth of information available at our fingertips these days, I feel that supporting our libraries is more important now than ever before.

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Even when I am on vacation I will make a pitstop into a the local library. One of favorite libraries to visit is the Boston Public Library and I make sure to pay a visit each time I am in town. It is the second largest library in the United States with over 19 million volumes held in their collection. The Library of Congress holds the title for most volumes in their collection, with over 34.5 million volumes held. I can get lost in the stacks of books for hours glancing at the intriguing titles and wandering the halls, particularly since the building has some amazing architectural features. The Boston Public Library system consists of several neighborhood branch locations but the Central Library in Copley Plaza (highlighted in this post) is a landmark. For more information on its art and architecture click here

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Library Images 1, 3, 9: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library; Video and all other images by Reviving Charm (via iPhone)


  1. After Orange County says:

    WOW, who knew a library could be so very beautiful? Makes me want to go to Boston just to visit it. I have been to Boston many times but the library was never on my radar. Thanks for the great travel tip!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Yes, it’s a beautiful building indeed. A gem in the city. They often have some amazing exhibits so be sure to check their calendar before you go. And if you pay a visit be sure to check out the Fairmont across the street. It’s stunning. Staying there is heavenly…

  2. Karen B. says:

    I’ve been to Boston only once, but did not see this beautiful library. A reason to revisit that great city! I couldn’t agree more, libraries and even bookstores get my special attention for fear that they could one day be converted to a bank or real estate office!
    Wonderful post.

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