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Boston Massachusetts - Boston Main Public Library - Bates Hall - Reading Room

Boston Massachusetts  - Boston Main Public Library - Bates Hall - Reading Room

The Central Library’s main reading room was named after the institution’s first major benefactor, Joshua Bates. Bates, who had grown up without a public library, recognized the institution’s importance and offered to fund the purchase of books for the library upon its founding in 1852. His conditions for the donation were that the new library be “an ornament to the City,” provide room for at least 150 patrons, and be “free to all.” 242

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Photo prise @ Boston le 1 avril 2001 (© Onasill ~ Bill Badzo - 60 Million Views - Thank Yo / Flickr)

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