America's Most Beautiful College Libraries
University of Michigan Law Library, Ann Arbor
Considered the largest building dedicated exclusively to a law library in the world, this 1931-built Gothic gem sets some context with quotes from great jurists above its entrance. The gloriously renovated reading room has a 50-foot vaulted cathedral ceiling, stained-glass windows, oak wainscoting, and cork floors for quiet passage. A three-story underground glass addition was built between 1978 and 1981, adding some 77,000 square feet in space, shelving for up to 475,000 volumes, and a rare-book room.