America's Most Beautiful College Libraries
Courtesy of William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Clark Library, University of California at Los Angeles
Twelve miles east of campus in the West Adams district near downtown L.A., this rare-book library is somewhat of a hidden gem. Built as the private library of the founder of the L.A. Philharmonic, it displays the world’s largest collection of books by and about Oscar Wilde and, among other things, important editions of Shakespeare. The fabulous 1926-built Italian Baroque interior of wood-paneled walls, murals, and fireplaces is the setting for Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts by the likes of the Leipzig String Quartet.