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Best College Libraries in the Country

Libraries are typically associated with rows of bookshelves that make students feel bored as they attend such places mostly when cramming for tests or exams. But the U.S. boasts a number of libraries that can also inspire students to love learning and help them get interested in a new subject. Below you will find a list of some of the best and the coolest college libraries in the country, both traditional and pretty modern ones. Many of them are housed in historic buildings and have witnessed generations of studying students. Others have been recently constructed and demonstrate how modern architecture and technology can frame the thirst for knowledge.

Thebookhouse - Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscrip Library

Yale University — Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscrip Library

This college library is known all over the world as one of the largest buildings housing only rare books and manuscripts. Among its huge collection that numbers approximately 500,000 volumes and several million manuscripts is a complete Gutenberg Bible. This prominent item is displayed in the library's lobby.

University of California San Diego Geisel Library

University of California, San Diego — Geisel Library

The main library of UCSD is named after Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss. They used to live in La Jolla, the San Diego, Calif., for a long time and donated to the library throughout their lifetimes.

Thebookhouse University of Chicago — Joe and Rika Mansueto Library

University of Chicago — Joe and Rika Mansueto Library

Mansueto Library is distinguished by the enormous glass dome that encloses the biggest part of the library's study space. Underground, the high-tech storage system is equipped with a robotic crane that can quickly find the book requested.

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University of Pennsylvania — Fisher Fine Arts Library

Fisher was originally constructed in the late 19th century as the main library building for UPenn, but now it is used as the university's art library which prominent collections comprise architecture, art history and historic preservation. The property was designed by renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness and is now preserved as a National Historic Landmark.

Thebookhouse Baylor University Armstrong Browning Library

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Baylor University — Armstrong Browning Library

This research library specializes in 19th-century literature and is renowned for housing the largest collection of Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The library is also a popular wedding venue, with one room beautifully decorated by gold leaf renderings of the love poems written by the Brownings.

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Boston College — Bapst Library

The rooms in Bapst Library are decorated with exclusive stained-glass designs, and the windows depict a wide range of themes, from epic heroes to natural sciences. Glass designs of the political science section, for example, feature such prominent representatives as Plato and Benjamin Franklin among others.

University of North Carolina — Wilson Library

The Wilson Library contains the university's numerous collections, including its North Carolina Collection, which is the most complete set of documents in the U.S. devoted to a single state. The library houses over 170,000 books and 110,000 pamphlets about North Carolina.

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Thebookhouse Johns Hopkins University George Peabody Library

Johns Hopkins University — George Peabody Library

This research facility focuses on documents dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The building where the Peabody Library is located was designed by 19th-century architect Edmund Lind. It is not only an active library but also a popular wedding venue in Baltimore.

Thebookhouse Lehigh University Linderman Library

Lehigh University — Linderman Library

Linderman Library was originally designed by Philadelphia architect Addison Hutton in the 1870s. Since that time it has been renovated several times to feature extra study and storage room. Among the rare books housed in Linderman Library are copies of "Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin and four volumes of "Birds of America" by James John Audubon.

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Princeton University — Lewis Library

The building designed by the architect Frank Gehry has a reading room known as The Treehouse offering incredible tree-top views of the Princeton campus. Lewis Library is set amidst the university's numerous science buildings, probably to emphasize interdisciplinary scientific fields.

Thebookhouse North Carolina State University — James B. Hunt Jr. Library

North Carolina State University — James B. Hunt Jr. Library

The science library is one of the recently constructed ones. Opened in 2013, it boasts a state of the art robotics book retrieval system and two 3-D printers.

Thebookhouse Cornell University Uris Library

Cornell University — Uris Library

Uris is the oldest library of Cornell University and specializes mostly in humanities and social sciences. It features the reading room named after the school's first president Andrew Dickson White. Famous among the students as the "Harry Potter" library it is a major study destination.

Thebookhouse University of Michigan — Law Library

University of Michigan — Law Library

Located in a beautiful Gothic building on the central campus Michigan's law library is known for its rich collections of early American court reports and rare documents related to Native Americans. It also houses materials from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Thebookhouse University of California Los Angeles Powell Library

University of California, Los Angeles — Powell Library

Powell Library was built in the 1920s as one of the original four buildings of UCLA. It should be noted that the design of the dome in the main reading room is identical to those of different printing houses from the 15th and 16th centuries.
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