Libraries are spaces specifically for learning and may have a nasty association for students with all-nighters and test cramming.
However, libraries can also inspire a student’s love of knowledge or help introduce them to a new subject. We’ve compiled a list of the coolest college libraries across the country, highlighting both traditional and modern marvels.
Many of these buildings are iconic structures on their campuses, and have housed generations of studying students. Others were built more recently, and show how technology can shape the future of education.
Beinecke Library is one of the largest buildings in the world used exclusively for rare books and manuscripts, housing about 500,000 volumes and several million manuscripts.
Among the most prominent books in Beinecke's collection is a complete Gutenberg Bible, which is kept on permanent display in the building's lobby.
A research library with a focus on 19th-century literature, Armstrong Browning houses the largest collection of Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
The library has become a popular wedding venue, and the walls of one room are adorned with gold leaf renderings of the Brownings' love poems.
Originally built in the late 19th Century as UPenn's primary library, Fisher is now the university's art library, with collections including architecture, historic preservation, and art history.
Fisher was designed by Philadelphia-based Victorian architect Frank Furness and is a National Historic Landmark.
Designed by Philadelphia architect Addison Hutton in the 1870s, Linderman Library has undergone several major renovations to add study and storage space in the ensuing decades.
Linderman's rare book collection houses copies of Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species' and James John Audubon's four volume 'Birds of America.'
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Information Commons offers breathtaking views of the Great Lake and the surrounding area.
Designed with environmental concerns in mind, the library's layout allows for natural heat and cooling in the building.
Cornell's oldest library, Uris is located at the top of the campus' 'Slope' and contains predominately humanities and social sciences materials.
Uris houses a reading room named after the university's first president -- Andrew Dickson White -- that is better known as the 'Harry Potter' library and is a popular study destination.
Open to all students, Michigan's law library is located on the university's central campus and is renowned for its Gothic architecture.
The library has specific strengths in collections related to Native Americans and early American court reports, among other topics, and has several documents from the 14th and 15th centuries.
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