Boston Public Library

2 Aug

The Commonwealth requires the education of the people as the safeguard of order and liberty.

The above quotation is inscribed on the east side of the Boston Public Library.  I had no idea of the building’s incredible architecture when I decided to go today – I just wanted a new place to study!  The architect Charles McKim chose to have quotations on the sides of the building as he was influenced by ancient Roman basilicas.  


The inside is also reminiscent of an Italian basilica with vaulted ceilings and frescoes on each wall.

IMG_4158I was so in awe, it took me a while to get settled.  Even the Bates Reading Room I set up in was so much more than a workspace.

This is the courtyard, where many were enjoying the sunny Saturday (finally!) in Boston.


Though the security at the library is strict (I wasn’t allowed to bring my coffee in and a security guard asked me to remove my water bottle from a wooden table) it is open to the public everyday and offers free wi-fi. It’s so important, in an era where higher education is becoming more and more expensive, for the government to provide a necessity like education to its citizens.  I just read that Lebanese writer Khalil Gibran educated himself at the same library – a monument in Copley Square is dedicated to him.

The last two months have been such a gift to me – to be able to read and study and take advantage of the resources the city of Boston and Harvard provide.  I hope our future leaders are as optimistic about the value of education as our founding fathers were.

One Response to “Boston Public Library”

  1. yousoundlikeadrunkwhiteguy August 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    they better be because an ignorant population just leads to bad things… also this summer has been such a gift to me also

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