The Boston Public Library, formerly known as the Library of Last Resort, is a well-known private and federally financed public library within Boston, MA
. Boasting of approximately 24 million books, including novels, research materials, and history. It is the third-largest public library in the United States, with over 6 million citizens of the Commonwealth in Boston, Massachusetts, having access to it for free. The Library is also acknowledged by the Association of Research Libraries, a distinction earned in recognition of the high quality of research resources contained in its Central Branch research stacks.
Many notable pioneers of knowledge and study are responsible for the founding of Boston's Public Library. In 1826, Harvard professor George Ticknor proposed the construction of a public library for Commonwealth inhabitants. Due to a lack of interest and funding, this was not accomplished that year. Alexandra Vattemare, a prominent French benefactor, revived the concept in 1839, but this time suggested that all Boston libraries be merged. The Library was accepted and established in 1852 with Edward Capen as the Librarian, thanks to gifts from notable businessmen and philanthropists such as Josiah Quincy, John Jacob Astor, and even Alexander Vattemare.