Academic Libraries (page 2)



The Osler library at McGill University in Quebec, Canada, which contains approximately 600 medical artifacts and over 80,000 rare books. The library has beautiful wood paneling, stained glass windows and portrait paintings.



The Rennie Mackintosh Library at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, built around 1900.



The Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.



Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. It was built in 1963 as a gift of the Beinecke family and was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft. It is the largest building in the world reserved exclusively for the preservation of rare books and manuscripts. A six-story above-ground tower of book stacks is surrounded by a windowless rectangular building with walls made of a translucent Danby marble, which transmit subdued lighting and provide protection from direct light. The public exhibition hall surrounding the glass stack tower displays contains, among other things, one of the 48 extant copies of the Gutenberg Bible.



The Old Library at St. John's College, Cambridge University in England. It was built in 1624, largely with funds donated by John Williams, Bishop of Lincoln. The Library's fine bay window overlooks the River Cam, and bears the letters ILCS on it, standing for Iohannes Lincolniensis Custos Sigilli, or John of Lincoln, Keeper of the Seal. The College Library stands as one of the earliest examples of English neo-Gothic architecture. The library contains 42 bookcases arranged at right angles to the north and south walls, and is the home of the College's double-manual harpsichord.




The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School Library, taken between 1907 and 1913. I love old photos of libraries, particularly academic ones.



The Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, the main library building at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.



The Old Library at the University of Salamanca in Spain. It contains over 2700 manuscripts and nearly 62,000 works printed before the 19th century.



The George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Completed in 1878, the library was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind ato be a "cathedral of books." The neo-Grec interior features an atrium that, over a black and white marble floor, soars 61 feet to a latticed skylight surrounded by five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies and gold-scalloped columns. In 2002 - 2004, the library underwent a $1 million renovation. The library contains 300,000 volumes, mostly 19th-century books covering the humanities, but also including early printed books, cuneiform tablets, and a collection of Don Quixote editions.


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The John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England. The library was designed in Victorian Gothic style in 1889 by architect Basil Champneys as a memorial for Manchester textile millionaire John Rylands from his wife. It opened to the public in 1900 and was merged with the university in 1972. Its collections include exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts, examples of the earliest forms of European printing including the Gutenberg Bible, and the personal papers of notable local figures such as Elizabeth Gaskell and John Dalton.

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