Beautiful College Libraries
When you think of a college library, you might think of a boring building, filled with the books that are the key to higher learning, but if you look closer you might see the inherent beauty that lies within the stacks. Flavorwire’s article titled “The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World” gives us a glimpse into some of the most breathtaking architecture of these fine establishments. Particularly eye-catching was Duke Humfrey’s Library, Bodleian Library, at Oxford University in Oxford, UK. It is the main research library for the university, and was built 1488. The Tower of the Five Orders gives way to the main entrance of the library and has columns representing each of the five orders of architecture: Ionic, Tuscan, Composite, Doric and Corinthian. This medieval structure boasts magnificent spires and stained glass. There are three other buildings that comprise the library in its entirety. A tunnel was built in 1940 to connect the buildings, which housed a mechanical book conveyor and pneumatic system that was used until 2009 to complete book orders and fill requests for manuscripts. This complex of majestic and historical libraries are well worthy of the Beautiful title.