You can’t judge a book by its cover, but I sure did judge these libraries based on their architecture and decor. It’s hard to resist a library with iron details, long wooden tables, and gorgeous overhead chandeliers. It’s even harder to resist libraries that look as though they should be part of Hogwarts. I rounded up my top 5 college libraries–and the list is entirely based on their looks.
5. Suzzallo Library – University of Washington
Located in Seattle, Washington, the Suzzallo Library emits Great Hall vibes. What I would give to spend a long weekend studying in this gorgeous room. The overhead chandeliers and long tables are inviting to say the least. I also love the lighted book cases that line the room. The tall windows are chapel-like, which only further reinforces the idea that this library is a sanctuary for learning.
4. Candler Library – Emory University
Emory University’s Candler Library made this list because of its classical elements. The dark wood seems academic in nature and beckons students in for an all-nighter. I think the chandeliers are my favorite–so simple yet collegiate. I also love all of the natural light the tall windows along the wall bring in.
3. Cook Legal Research Library – University of Michigan
Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Cook Legal Research Library rivals Suzzallo Library’s Hogwarts aesthetic. One thing that sets it apart from Suzzallo? That turquoise ceiling, which adds a sort of French Renaissance flair.
2. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – Yale University
One question, why did Rory Gilmore never go to this library? The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is one of the largest buildings in the world that’s main purpose is to preserve and hold rare books and the like. You can read more about this library here. I love the darkness of this library–though I know it’s for preservation purposes. I also love the stacks upon stacks of books–it almost seems never-ending.
1. George Peabody Library – Johns Hopkins University
The George Peabody Library is jarring when juxtaposed with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Though I favor darker accents, the brightness of this library is inviting and almost angelic. I love the open balcony-like floors filled with books as well as what look to be Corinthian-style columns.
I made sure to link each picture back to its original source. And I got the inspiration for this list from here.
Which library was your favorite?