Often times, the library on campus is a dark, windowless building filled with rows of dusty, little-touched books. Quiet, institutional, such libraries do little to inspire great thoughts — more like great naps, really. In other cases, however , the library is the campus centerpiece: an iconic building, the mere image of which brings to mind the school and sparks great dreams of academic glory. Recently, Business Insider did a survey of this kind of campus libraries. While clearly not comprehensive, it does a nice job covering both venerable, ivy-covered brick constructions filled with years of history, as well as brand new glass and steel structures, the floor-to-ceiling windows of which open onto the most scenic vistas on campus.
Here are a few that will made the list:
College of California, San Diego — Geisel Library
UCSD’ s main library is named in honor of Audrey plus Theodor Seuss Geisel — much better known as Dr . Seuss — who seem to donated to the library throughout their own lifetimes. The Geisels were long-time residents of La Jolla, the San Diego, Calif. neighborhood that includes UCSD.
Boston College — Bapst Library
Each space in Bapst Library has a exclusive stained-glass theme, with window designs covering everything from epic poetry to natural sciences. The political technology section, for instance, features glass designs representing Plato, Benjamin Franklin, and the political economy.
Lehigh University — Linderman Library
Designed by Philadelphia architect Addison Hutton in the 1870s, Linderman Library offers undergone several major renovations to add study and storage space in the following decades. Linderman’ s rare guide collection houses copies of Charles Darwin’ s Origin of Species plus James John Audubon’ s 4 volume Birds of America .
College of Chicago — Joe plus Rika Mansueto Library
Perhaps the most striking aspect of Mansueto Collection is the giant glass dome that will encloses the building’ s main study space. Underground, the collection employs a high-tech storage system, using a robotic crane to rapidly retrieve any requested material.
Princeton University — Lewis Library
The Frank Gehry-designed library features a reading room referred to as Treehouse due to its tree-top views of the Princeton campus. Located around many of the school’ s science buildings, Lewis is supposedly designed to reflect interdisciplinary scientific fields.
Loyola University Chicago — Klarchek Info Commons
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Information Commons offers breathtaking views of the Great Lake and the surrounding area. Designed with environment concerns in mind, the library’ s layout allows for natural heat plus cooling in the building.
Cornell University — Uris Collection
Cornell’ s oldest collection, 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 chief executive — Andrew Dickson White — that is better known as the “ Harry Potter” library and is a popular study destination.
University of Michigan — Law Library
Open to all students, Michigan’ s law library is located on the university’ s central campus and is known for its Gothic architecture. The collection has specific strengths in series related to Native Americans and early American court reports, among other topics, and has several documents from the 14th and 15th centuries.
University of Pennsylvania — Fisher Fine Arts Library
Initially built in the late 19th hundred years as UPenn’ s primary collection, Fisher is now the university’ s art library, with collections which includes architecture, historic preservation, and art history. Fisher was designed by Philadelphia-based Victorian architect Frank Furness and it is a National Historic Landmark.
Johns Hopkins College — George Peabody Library
Housed as a part of the Peabody Institute conservatory in Baltimore, the Peabody Library is a research facility along with strengths in documents from the eighteenth and 19th centuries. Designed by 19th-century architect Edmund Lind, Peabody is still an active library and is also a popular Baltimore-area wedding venue.