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The Most Beautiful College Libraries in the US

Article by Maria Orlandi 

Studying is hard – studying in a boring space is even more difficult. Head over to one of these libraries (or close your eyes and pretend you’re there) to get yourself through the spring slump.

1) The Linderman Library at Lehigh University embodies the ideals of classical art – architecture inspired by ancient Greece and Rome and lots of natural light to create a perfect space for you to procrastinate on that essay. 

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2) The Uris Library at Cornell University will make you feel like you’re walking straight into a fairy tale – cue twirling around on stack ladders in a ball gown! 

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3) The University of Chicago offers you the supernatural Joe and Rika Mansueto library – a space that will make you feel out of this world with its complete glass ceiling and dome structure.

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4) There are some libraries that are only pretty on the outside – but the Beinecke library at Yale is not one of them, stunning you with its inner beauty as well. The walls are made with thinly cut marble so the light shines through, lighting the path to your enlightenment.

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5) Maybe all you’ve ever wanted is to feel like Harry Potter studying at Hogwarts. In that case, the Suzallo Library at the University of Washington is perfect. It presents a space reminiscent of the Great Hall – and full of magic.

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6) If you’re looking to travel back to Gothic times then the Bapst Art Library at Boston College can do just that for you. The stained-glass windows will make you feel like you have a purpose – even if you’re just scrolling through the internet!

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7) If you’re into more contemporary spaces then head to the Henry Madden library at California State University. This space is quintessentially modernist and will be sure to inspire any aspiring architect students.

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8) Maybe one level of books isn’t enough for you. Heck, maybe even five isn’t enough for you! In that case, the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins is the answer to all your prayers, sporting an impressive six levels of stacks.

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