America's Most Beautiful College Libraries
Norm Barker, Johns Hopkins University
George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Once described as a cathedral of books, the Peabody Stack Room features an atrium with black-and-white marble floor and five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise to 61 feet up to a latticed skylight ceiling. The library was founded by its namesake philanthropist in 1857, and its 300,000-volume collection is strong on religion, British art, Romance languages and literature, as well as geography.