Top 10 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the US
While most research can be completed in dorm rooms across campuses today, when it's time to pull an all-nighter or cram for exams, students still tend to retreat to the campus library.

By Dan Taylor | Feb 19, 2018

While most research can be completed in dorm rooms across campuses today, when it's time to pull an all-nighter or cram for exams, students still tend to retreat to the campus library.

Uber wealthy philanthropists donate books, money, and more to help educate America, especially in the late 19th century. Some of the most notorious structures on school campuses are libraries. People still frequent libraries for inspiration and these ten are some of the most beautiful ever!

10. Harper Memorial Library at the University of Chicago
The William Rainey Harper Memorial Library was built in 1912 and named in honor of the school's first president. Although the two-tower building no longer houses books, it is a student study space.

9. Klarchek Information Commons at Loyola University Chicago
Modernly designed, Klarchek makes the cut less for outer beauty and more for the extraordinary views. From the all-glass facade, Loyola scholars can enjoy a sweeping panorama of beautiful Lake Michigan.

8. Cook Legal Research Library at the University of Michigan Law School
This English-Gothic 1931 masterpiece is breathtaking. With the looks of a cathedral, including towers and stained-glass windows. The windows display the seals of nearly 200 institutions of higher education around the world, including archrival, Ohio State.

7. George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University
The George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University is a magnificent display of neo-Greco architecture from 1866, a skylight-lit, cast-iron-stacked and black-and-white-marble.

6. Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania
Akin to the look of a terra cotta castle, this facility is also known as the Furness Library. The exterior is made of sandstone and brick, is a National Historic place and has natural light, gleaming stone, and towering arches.

5. Clark Library at the University of California, Los Angeles
The beautiful William Andrew Clark Memorial Library is geographically closer to USC, but UCLA owns the facility. The structure is a hybrid of both Italian and English stylings and is home to the largest body of books by and about Oscar Wilde.

4. Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design
Oddly, the design school didn't design this space. It's an old bank facility with pillars, and a hanging Grand Central look clock. The library is under student dorms, so it's easily accessed.

3. Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington
The library offers incredible architecture, a curving Grand Staircase and a church like look.

2. Riggs Library at Georgetown University
Riggs was the school's original library from 1891 until 1970. It's one of very few cast iron libraries left in the nation. Today, it is used for special events.

1. Linderman Library at Lehigh University
With a beautiful stained-glass skylight, the Rotunda here is one of the best, particularly at a smaller institution.

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