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College libraries are established and maintained by a university to provide educational resources for students and faculty. The libraries house academic research and can help inspire students who are there to seek more knowledge on a particular subject or who may be interested in learning about another topic.
According to the American Library Association, libraries located in places of higher learning that granted doctoral degrees were open an average of 109.75 hours a week in 2020. These places also saw, on average, over 966,000 visitors annually. Cumulatively, academic libraries at institutions offering any limit of degree had more than 1 billion visits in 2018, which breaks down to an average of 47 visits per student.
It's not unusual to see students cramming last-minute study sessions in a library or visiting a library for alone time or to seek inspiration — especially if it's one of the libraries featured in this story. Best Universities compiled a list of 10 gorgeous college libraries from across the country. These libraries were built between the mid-1800s and 2019 and feature an eclectic array of architectural styles. Many of the buildings on this list are of great historical significance on their campus, while other library spaces were built to show the power of technology and how it can inspire innovation in education.