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Founded back in 1852, the Boston Public Library today ranks among the very biggest library systems in the United States. That means that whatever you're looking for, from some out-of-print text to an obscure map to an archived newspaper article, this venerable institution more than likely has the goods. And with more than 20 branches--from East Boston to West Roxbury, from Allston to Hyde Park--you're never far from a topnotch library.

The Boston Public Library also hosts countless programs, special events, and classes throughout the year. All in all, it's an absolutely priceless resource for the city and its own kind of social hub--and well worth taking advantage of on a visit.

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