As your heading back to school and preparing to have a successful semester, we thought it would be extra neat to check out the coolest libraries on college campuses across the nation! Who knows, maybe this will encourage you to study harder this semester if you attend one of these schools! Check out our list and if we missed your school, let us know! We would love to check it out this year!
1. Geisel Library - University of California - San Diego
Why is it cool: This main library was named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel--which you may know him as Dr. Seuss! They made continuous donations to this library throughout both of their lifetimes.
2. The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago
Why is it cool: One unique thing is the giant glass dome that encloses the building's main study space. Wanna know something else? The library also employs a super high-tech robotic storage system which uses a crane to quickly retrieve any requested material.
3. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University
Why is it cool: It is one of the largest buildings in the world only used exclusively for rare books and manuscripts (it holds about 500,000 volumes and several million manuscripts!).
4. The Bapst Library at Boston College
Why is it cool: Every room inside this library has a very unique stained-glass theme! Its window designs cover everything and anything from epic poetry to the natural sciences.
5. The George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University
Why is it cool: Not only is this Library a popular Baltimore-area wedding venue, but it is largely a research facility with strengths in housing documents from both the 18th and 19th centuries.
6. The Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington
Why is it cool: It serves as the main library for UW and is the border of Red Square which is a central campus hub for students. Lined with terra-cotta figures, you can see images of Moses, Williams Shakespeare, and Adam Smith.
7. The Lewis Library at Princeton University
Why it is cool: It features an incredible reading room known as The Treehouse! This is due to its tree-top views of the Princeton campus.
8. The Klarchek Information Commons at Loyola University
Why is it cool: This library is located right on the shores of Lake Michigan and offers breathtaking views of this Great Lake along with the rest of Chicago. It also was designed with the environment in mind--the layout allows for natural heat and cooling within the confines of the building.
9. The Uris Library at Cornell University
Why is it cool: Students consider it the "Harry Potter" library! It doesn't get much cooler than that...
10. The Millikan Library at California Institute of Technology
Why is it cool: This nine-story building is the tallest and most sensitive building on campus. It doubles as a library and a testing site. It's shaker roof and thirteen pocket-size seismometers send vibrations through the building, which allows scientists to check the frequency when something shakes Southern California. WOAH!