Entering on the first floor, there are rows of bookshelves within a single-room store. There is a sitting/reading area in the back of the store, near where the second floor has collapsed onto the first. Near the entrance is the check-out counter. There is a lootable cash register, and an enamel bucket with Nuka-Cola Quantum inside.
Judging by the rubble from the second floor, there may have been computers on the top floor. However, all that remains currently is a lectern with folding chairs around it and a sitting area with a first aid container with aid items. There is a skeleton with a burnt textbook in the sitting area, on the ground. It is mostly empty on the second floor, other than this.
- Nuka-Cola Quantum - In an enamel bucket by the front counter.
- Racetrack advertisement - Note on the top of the front counter.
- Help wanted! - Note in one of the cubbyholes in the front counter.
- Road to Freedom: The Sole Survivor has heard of a group that aims to take on the Institute and only has the clue, "Follow the Freedom Trail." To find the Railroad, they have to start at Boston Common.
A seal outside marks the Old Corner Bookstore as one of the stops on the Freedom Trail. It is stop 5, and has the code "3: I"
The Old Corner Bookstore appears only in Fallout 4.
Behind the scenes
- The building is based on the real-world Boston landmark, the Old Corner Bookstore, which was originally built in 1712 and converted into a bookstore in 1829.
- The building was threatened with demolition and replacement by a parking garage in 1960 and was "rescued" through a purchase by Historic Boston, Inc. for the sum of $100,000. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Boston Landmark under the auspices of the Boston Landmarks Commission.
- While the Old Corner Bookstore in the Fallout universe remains a bookstore, in present-day Boston, the building houses a Chipotle Mexican Grill.
- In reality, the Old Corner Bookstore is south of the Old State House, and on the opposite side of the street; while in the game, they are on the same side of the street, and the Old State House is south of the Old Corner Bookstore.
- When entering at night, the second window on the left will have a bright glow, causing a tracer-like effect upon walking closer to it.
- Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 480: "The Old Corner Bookstore was originally built as an apothecary after the devastating Great Fire of 1711. Originally the land belonged to Anne Hutchinson, the controversial puritan who was excommunicated and banished from Massachusetts for her “heretical” beliefs and sermons. During the mid-nineteenth century, the Old Corner Bookstore was the home of the leading American publisher Ticknor and Fields. They published the works of such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry David Thoreau. Many of those were frequent visitors to this site."