America's Most Beautiful College Libraries
Gary Wayne Gilbert
Bapst Library, Boston College
Built in 1928, Bapst’s second-floor reading room shows off traditional elements of a gorgeous library: soaring arches and stained-glass windows, each devoted to a different academic discipline. The Collegiate Gothic design includes a memorial tower at its north end. Above the central doors of the main entrance is a sculpture of Mary, Seat of Wisdom, flanked by prophets, and the library name honors BC’s first president, John Bapst, a Jesuit missionary who came to the U.S. from Switzerland.