Libraries

The college library, whether ornate or modern, digital or dusty, is in many ways the epicenter of the college experience — at least for some students. It is at once a shining emblem of vast, acquirable knowledge, a place for deep discussions and meetings of the mind, and of course, a big building full of books, which, as far as we’re concerned, is exciting enough. Colleges and universities are understandably quite proud of their libraries, which can be a selling point for prospective students and donating alumni alike, and they often become the most well-designed and beautifully adorned buildings on campus. To that end, and perhaps to inspire your studies a bit, we’ve collected a few of the most beautiful college and university libraries in the world, from Portugal to France to Boston.

(Via Flavorwire.com – 25 most beautiful college libraries)

I can’t help thinking that most of these will be an absolute bitch to clean…

Beniecke rare book and manuscript library, Yale, CT

 

Biblio Sorbonne, Paris

 

Biblio Coimbra, Portugal

 

Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford, England

 

Duke Humphrey's Library, Oxford, England

 

Fischer Fine Arts Library, Pennsylvania, USA

 

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, MD, USA

 

Harper Memorial Library, Chicago, IL, USA

 

Old Library, St. John's College, Cambridge, England

 

University of Salamanca Library, Spain

 

Pontifical Lateran Library, Italy

 

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

 

University of Michigan Law Library, USA

 

Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, England

 

I’m feeling the Salamanca Library, myself, although I did notice that the Harper Memorial Library is the only one with even remotely comfortable-looking chairs…

The rest of the top 25 can be seen here:

http://flavorwire.com/240819/the-25-most-beautiful-college-libraries-in-the-world

 

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