Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Insider: Research in Boston

What Boston landmark has murals by John Singer Sargent and English oak bookcases? If you guessed the Boston Public Library on Boylston St., you're right! It should be on your must-see list while you're in town. It's only a short walk from the Hynes Convention Center. . .
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Take time to walk around this architectural treasure designed by Charles Follen McKim who called it his "palace for the people." Philip Johnson designed the 1972 addition. Make a point to see the Sargent murals on the third floor and Bates Hall on the second floor. The McKim building is home to the research collection while the Johnson addition houses the circulating collection.

Plan an extended afternoon of research using the BPL's microtext department, Government Documents, Rare Books, Manuscripts, or the Norman B. Leventhal Map Collection. Use their website www.bpl.org to gain an overview of the collection or to find out which departments require an appointment.

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