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America's Most Beautiful College Libraries: Joe and Rika Mansueto Library

Tom Rossiter

Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, University of Chicago

Architect Helmut Jahn topped off this year-old library (which goes five stories underground) with an elliptical glass dome that lets in ample sunlight. The strikingly modern 8,000-square-foot reading room is outfitted with study tables and chairs made from European white oak. The automated storage and retrieval system (which has the capacity to handle 3.5 million volumes) delivers a book in an average of five minutes.

mansueto.lib.uchicago.edu

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