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 – 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:


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