These friendly beasts and the award-winning building they guard aren’t nearly as old as they look. Somehow the mid-1990s design-build incorporated art deco elements like checkerboard tiles and brass doors without falling into cheap pastiche.
Beautiful natural light and a soaring central atrium give this library a fantastical-yet-comfy feel. The 4th-floor archives feature multiple research rooms and a gallery space displaying thoughtfully curated exhibits and artifacts, including what was, until recently, the world’s smallest book.
I came away with a new sabbatical goal (as if I need more!): incorporate a class trip to this place into my syllabus–maybe even a hands-on project in the archives. Might be tricky for the Fairy Tales & Fantasy (100 students) or Gothic Horror (80+), but when it comes to teaching I never say never….