Readers’ Choice: 20 More Beautiful College Libraries From Around the World


Recently we shared our picks for the 25 most beautiful college libraries in the world, asking our readers to comment with their own favorites if they hadn’t made the list. And comment you did, dear readers! We therefore feel compelled to offer this follow-up post made up entirely of libraries suggested by you, in your infinite wisdom. We do have a few caveats: many of your suggestions, great libraries as they were, were not college or university libraries, and so were disqualified. Others we couldn’t find photos of. In addition, though many of you commented asking (not always entirely nicely) for more foreign submissions, the overwhelming number of actual suggestions were for American and British universities, so go figure. We’ve tried to represent a mix here. Click through to check out 20 more of the most beautiful college libraries from around the world — chosen by you — and bask just a little more in the beauty of learning.

Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Humboldt University, Berlin [via and via]

Tama Art University Library, Tokyo, Japan [via]

József Attila Study and Information Centre, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary [via and via]

The Paul Barret Jr. Library at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN [via and via]

The Geisel Library at University of California, San Diego [via]

Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, UK [via]

Heidelberg University Library, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany [via and via]

Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain [via]

The University of Helsinki Library (now the National Library of Finland), Helsinki, Finland [via]

Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University [via]

Lehigh University Library, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania [via and via and via]

Galway Mayo Institute Of Technology, Galway, Ireland [via and via]

UNAM’s Central University City Campus Library, Mexico City, Mexico [via]

Fleet Library, RISD, Rhode Island [via and via]

Leuven University, Belgium [via]

The Joe & Rika Mansueto Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL [via]

Andrew Dickson White Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY [via and via]

Williston Memorial Library, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA [via]

Magdalen College Old Library, Oxford [via]

Armstrong-Browning Library, Baylor University, Waco, TX [via and via]